Over the next twelve months the Federal Labor Government’s ambitious capital works program will continue unabated, with the 2012-13 Budget delivering a further instalment of $1.0 billion in funding to start, progress and complete a range of projects in Western Australia.
All up, we are providing an unprecedented $3.7 billion from our six-year Nation Building Program (2008-09 to 2013-14) to rebuild and renew the State’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure. Already, Federal Labor has nearly doubled annual infrastructure spending from $154 to $261 per West Australian.
As a result of this record funding, the following major projects will go from the drawing board to construction in the coming financial year:
- Gateway WA project, a major upgrade of the roads around Perth Airport, including widening the Tonkin Highway from four to six lanes and building new interchanges along the Highway.
– Federal contribution: $686.4 million (including $480.0 million from the Regional Infrastructure Fund).
- Re-routing the Great Northern Highway to the north of Port Hedland’s Wedgefield industrial estate.
– Federal contribution: $154.0 million.
At the other end of the construction cycle, we expect to complete work on the following projects by the end of June next year:
- Duplication of the Dampier Highway between Karratha and Dampier.
– Federal contribution: $91.7 million.
- Stage 1 of the new Bunbury Outer Ring Road between Boyanup Picton Road and the South Western Highway as well as the extension of the Port Access Road to the new Outer Ring Road.
– Federal contribution: $118.6 million.
- Construction of a new interchange at the intersection between the Roe and Great Eastern Highways.
– Federal contribution: $68.8 million.
- Widening of the Kwinana Freeway between the Leach and Roe Highways from four to six lanes.
– Federal contribution: $29.0 million.
As part of our historic $7.3 billion nationwide investment in urban public transport projects, work will also be continuing on the Perth City Link project (Federal contribution: $236.0 million).
In addition, the 2012-13 Budget maintains funding for a range of initiatives which help to make our local roads better and safer:
- $6.5 million to eliminate another 43 dangerous black spots on local roads;
- $130.0 million to assist councils and shires across the State to maintain and upgrade their local roads.
From the outset Federal Labor’s mission has been to reverse the neglect we inherited and invest in the modern, well-planned infrastructure that will make working people’s lives easier, our businesses more competitive and the national economy stronger, not just for the next five years but for the next five decades.
Across the length and breadth of Western Australia that’s precisely what we are doing. From Kununurra in the north to Esperance in south we’re setting the State up for the future with good infrastructure which will stand the test of time.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.