Perth's rapidly expanding East Metropolitan region is being transformed by more than $688 million in projects in 2016-17 announced in today's State Budget.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the major transport upgrades for the region included more than $340 million for the Swan Valley Bypass and Tonkin Highway upgrades as part of the NorthLink WA project, a state-of-the-art transport link which would employ 7,700 workers.
Dr Nahan said an extra $93 million had been committed to Stage 2 of upgrades to Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Wubin, as well as the start of works for the $49 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit, which would reduce congestion in the eastern suburbs.
"These projects form an important part of our plan to meet future infrastructure needs and deliver jobs to West Australians during this transitional phase of our economy," he said.
As part of a $38.6 million investment in education, the region will benefit from the opening of Harrisdale Secondary College, as well as upgrades to Byford Secondary College, Armadale Senior High School, Cecil Andrews Senior High School and new works at Inglewood Primary School.
The Treasurer said Ballajura Police Station's resources would be boosted by $4.1 million, as well as $1 million for new facilities for the Mundijong Police Station.
"People living in the East Metropolitan region will enjoy improved transport linkages, new and upgraded schools, boosted police resources and quality healthcare as part of these investments made in the 2016-17 State Budget," he said.
Major works for the East Metropolitan region in 2016-17 include:
More than $340 million for NorthLink WA (Swan Valley Bypass and Tonkin Highway upgrades)
$93 million for Stage 2 of upgrades to Great Northern Highway (Muchea to Wubin)
$36 million for the Armadale Redevelopment Area, including the Armadale and Kelmscott redevelopment works and the Wungong Urban Project
$18 million to complete the new Harrisdale Secondary College
$14 million to complete Stage 2 of Byford Secondary College
More than $9.7 million for the Midland redevelopment works
$6 million for Mundaring Weir outlet works
$4 million for the start of the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit
$2.5 million for the $10 million Lathlain Park Precinct Redevelopment Project
WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
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