May 16, 2016

Federal Labor to invest in Outer Harbour

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $2 million to the Western Australian Government to take plans for the Kwinana Outer Harbour to Infrastructure Australia.

Western Australia’s prosperity depends on all levels of government working together to deliver state-of-the-art infrastructure. It means jobs for Western Australians.

Analysis by the Western Australian State Government shows that without urgent action, Fremantle Harbour will hit capacity early next decade, restricting growth and hampering trade opportunities.

Since it was first proposed in 1996, both sides of politics have recognised the Outer Harbour as the solution to existing constraints on container freight coming into Perth.

But after more than three years in office, the Liberals are sitting on their hands, instead allocating funding to the flawed Perth Freight Link, subsequently blocked by the Western Australian Supreme Court in December last year.

With the project discredited and the Malcolm Turnbull’s infrastructure record in tatters, we stand ready to work with the State to get on with the job of the Outer Harbour planning immediately.

Western Australians know that careful planning and cooperation across all levels of government is required to boost WA’s economy, and not merely more road tolls.

We’ll be making sure Western Australia can press ahead with the crucial infrastructure project needed to get the State moving again after years of Liberal neglect.