Record infrastructure funding announced ahead of Federal Budget

The Western Australian economy will be boosted by a $1.3 billion infrastructure package according to the Federal Government.

“From upgrading the Great Eastern Highway and building METRONET, to improving roads and rail lines that are crucial to our grain growers and farmers in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt – these projects will support more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs across WA,” said Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

“Our record funding commitment is boosting businesses and communities as part of the Government’s National Economic Recovery Plan.

“And of course the landmark GST deal for WA delivered by our Government enables the WA State Government to also deliver on their infrastructure commitments.”

Key projects to be funded include:

  • $347.5 million for METRONET: Hamilton Street-Wharf Street Grade Separations and Elevation of Associated Stations, including Queens Park Station and Cannington Station and an enhanced METRONET Byford Rail Extension project, with new grade separated rail crossing at Armadale Road and an elevated station at Armadale.
  • $200 million for the Great Eastern Highway Upgrades – Coates Gully, Walgoolan to Southern Cross and Ghooli to Benari.
  • $160 million for the WA Agricultural Supply Chain Improvements – Package 1.
  • $112.5 million for the Reid Highway – Altone Road and Daviot Road-Drumpellier Drive – Grade-separated intersections.
  • $85 million for the Perth Airport Precinct – Northern Access.
  • $64 million for the Toodyay Road Upgrade – Dryandra to Toodyay.
  • $55 million for the Mandurah Estuary Bridge Duplication.
  • $31.5 million towards the METRONET High Capacity Signalling project.

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said these projects will make WA roads safer and improve public transport, reducing travel times and supporting thousands of jobs across the state.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the substantial new funding delivered in this year’s Budget was a key plank of the Government’s plan to help Australia bounce back stronger than ever from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In this Budget, the Federal Government will continue our strong record of infrastructure delivery as we lay the economic foundations for recovery from the pandemic,” said McCormack.

“Since April last year, we have delivered NorthLink WA – Northern and Central Sections, which received $556 million in federal funding. We also partnered with the Western Australian Government to deliver the Great Northern Highway – Muchea to Wubin Upgrade, with a $276 million federal investment.”

Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, said the additional $1.26 billion would ensure WA’s pipeline of infrastructure work will continue, providing an ongoing economic boost.

“We are already embarking on the biggest road and rail investment program our State has ever seen,” he said.

“This program has something for the city and regions, targeting major congestion pinch points in the eastern, northern and southern suburbs which are currently experiencing major population growth.

“With nine METRONET projects under construction, as well as more than 50 major road projects, we’re building the major infrastructure for tomorrow as well as creating the local jobs for today.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects across the state, building the economy, creating jobs and providing certainty for business over the long term.

“Importantly, this budget includes significant funding for digital technology investments to support more efficient use of rail and road infrastructure, including METRONET signalling. This builds on the Morrison Government’s existing investment in Intelligent Transport Systems across Perth,” said Fletcher.

“Digital technology is transforming every aspect of modern life including transport, and with these investments Western Australia will be at the forefront.”

Senator for Western Australia, Michaelia Cash, said in this Budget, the Government was providing funding to better connect regional Western Australia.

“This includes the WA Agricultural Supply Chain Improvements project to better connect our world-class farmers to domestic and international markets,” said Cash.

“Regional WA is the backbone of our State, the powerhouse of our economy, and by backing supply chain improvements, we are supporting them to continue to lead our State’s recovery.”