Tomorrow’s opening of the $120 million Esperance Port Access Road redevelopment, funded by the former federal Labor government, will create much-needed jobs in the region by boosting its economic productivity.
This critical project to untangle road and rail connections to the port using overpasses and realignments will ease the movement of freight in and out of the busy port, a key gateway for WA mineral exports.
The project will make it easier for locals to move about their town while also providing greater economic productivity for the entire Goldfields-Esperance region.
The Esperance Port Access Corridor Project was launched early in 2012 – a joint project between the Federal Labor Government and the WA State Government.
In March 2012 I joined then WA Treasurer Troy Buswell in Esperance to turn the first sod.
The project is an example of the previous Labor Government’s emphasis on the development of infrastructure like roads, railways lines and ports to clear bottlenecks and lift economic productivity.
When Labor took office in 2007, Australia was 20th out of 25 OECD countries in terms of infrastructure development as a proportion of GDP.
Because of Labor’s record investment in infrastructure, Australia now ranks first.
Labor is pleased the project is being opened tomorrow but remains concerned that the Abbott Government will reduce infrastructure spending – starting with the $500 million it has confirmed it will strip out of the existing Budget which had been earmarked for urban rail public transport projects in Perth.