$2.3 billion jobs and infrastructure boost for Western Australia

15 May 2017

WA Government: The Turnbull and McGowan Governments have reached agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia which will be included in the Federal Budget on Tuesday (May 9).

The significant agreement will provide a major boost to WA's local economy, with 6,000 jobs expected to be created as a result of the 17 new projects.

The package includes a $1.6 billion investment from the Federal Government and $745 million from the State Government.

The total $2.3 billion State-Federal package includes:

The WA Infrastructure Package includes the following road projects:

In addition, a combined $1.2 billion will be allocated towards the State Government's METRONET project, including, subject to positive business cases, $700 million from the Federal Government towards future METRONET projects such as the Thornlie and Yanchep line extensions and a further $86 million towards other METRONET related projects.

As part of the overall package, the Australian Government will also provide $44.2 million towards regional road projects to improve regional road safety across Western Australia.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that both governments had worked together to deliver the best possible outcome for Western Australia and will continue to do so.

"We recognise the priorities of the new WA State Government and will work with them to deliver high quality outcomes for Western Australia," Mr Turnbull said.

"In particular, the State Government's METRONET initiative fits in well with my Government's Smart Cities agenda, and we will continue to work with the Premier and his team to help make it happen."

Premier Mark McGowan said the substantial package will help ease congestion, improve road safety and generally improve connectivity across Perth and Western Australia.

"This package will deliver a significant jobs boost across Western Australia," Mr McGowan said.

"We're getting on with the job and delivering on our promises to the people of Western Australia, delivering new job creating and congestion busting projects."

There will also be other opportunities for Western Australia to access federal funding towards vital productivity enhancing and congestion busting infrastructure.




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