May 11, 2010

Western Australia continues to benefit from record investment

Western Australia continues to benefit from record investment

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 11 2010

The Rudd Government’s will build on its unprecedented investment in Western Australia’s road and rail infrastructure with a further $799 million provided in the 2010-11 Budget.

The Government’s investments in Western Australia’s critical economic infrastructure will help build more sustainable communities and a more productive national economy better positioned to take full advantage of the global economic recovery.

In the case of Western Australia, the Rudd Government has boosted spending on roads and on rail by 69 per cent over the life of the current Nation Building Program (2008-09 to 2013-14), bringing our total investment to $3.5 billion.

These major investments in West Australian infrastructure are part of the Rudd Government’s plan to strengthen our economy so we can face the future with confidence.

The 2010-11 Budget continues the rollout of this unprecedented investment.

These major investments in WA’s vital infrastructure are part of the Rudd Government’s plan to strengthen the economy and secure WA’s future.

During the coming financial year (2010-11), work will start on a range of major road and rail projects including:

  • Kewdale Intermodal rail developments – scheduled for completion in 2013.
  • Dampier Highway stages 2-6 between Balmoral Road West and Burrup Road – scheduled for completion in 2012.
  • Great Eastern Highway/Roe Highway interchange – scheduled for completion in 2012.
  • Great Northern Highway realignment in Port Hedland – scheduled for completion in 2014.
  • Hepburn Avenue upgrade (Shire of Wanneroo) – scheduled for completion in 2013.

The 2010-11 Budget includes $95 million to invest in the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to facilitate rail upgrades to improve capacity in the Koolyanobbing to Kalgoorlie line, subject to ARTC concluding arrangements for access to the interstate network in WA with WestNet Rail.

Communities across Western Australia will benefit from the completion in 2010-11 of the following major projects:

  • Mandurah Entrance Road.
  • Reid Highway/Alexander Drive Interchange.
  • Hepburn Avenue extension (City of Swan).

We will also continue funding a range of initiatives designed to make our highways and local roads safer:

  • $6.5 million to eliminate another 49 dangerous black spots on local roads;
  • $2.6 million to deliver more safe, modern roadside facilities for truck drivers, including new and refurbished rest stops, parking bays and decoupling areas.

The 2010-11 Budget also provides $148.6 million to help councils and shires in Western Australia maintain and upgrade their local roads of which $24.1 million has been brought forward into 2009-10.

As well as building and modernising the transport infrastructure vital to Australia’s long term productivity and prosperity, our $37 billion Nation Building Program helped shield the Western Australia economy from the worst of the global recession.

Within Western Australia, as well as across the country, the Rudd Labor Government is building a national road network and an interstate rail system equal to the needs of the 21st century.