Building Western Australia's Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century
BUDGET INFRA 07/2014
13 May 2014
Joint release with:
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Abbott Government has made a record $4.7 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for Western Australia.
The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.
The Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for Western Australia.
Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.
Better roads means less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.
The Abbott Government's investment in Western Australia will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.
Western Australia projects include:
- Gateway WA Perth Airport: A major upgrade of the roads around Perth Airport, in particular, around the southern access to the airport, including widening and new and upgraded interchanges on the Tonkin and Leach Highways.
- Federal contribution: $611.4 million in addition to the $63.6 million already provided
- Swan Valley Bypass: a 40 kilometre highway to the north of Perth, extending from the Tonkin Highway and Reid Highway intersection to Muchea.
- Federal contribution: $589.7 million in addition to the $25 million already provided
- Great Northern Highway (Muchea to Wubin): Upgrades, including realignment, intersection upgrades, widening and construction of additional overtaking lanes.
- Federal contribution: $307.8 million
- North West Coastal Highway (Minilya to Barradale): Widening and strengthening of the highway and construction of two bridges over low level floodway crossings.
- Federal contribution: $174 million
- Tonkin Highway Grade Separations: Construction of new interchanges at the Tonkin Highway junctions with Benara Road, Morley Drive and Collier Road.
- Federal contribution: $140.6 million
The Abbott Government is also committed to the $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link project to provide a high standard road freight connection to Fremantle Port, and will work with the Western Australian Government to involve the private sector in co-contributing with the two governments.
$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure. It includes $939.2 million for Western Australia.
Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spots projects, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.
The funds for Western Australia are part of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.
The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.
Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.
Western Australia—Key Projects
Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.
|KEY PROJECTS||TOTAL FUNDING 2013–14 TO 2018–19|
|Great Eastern Highway Widening
|Walgoolan to Coolgardie|
|Great Northern Highway—Muchea to Wubin
|Muchea to Wubin|
|Great Northern Highway, Muchea to Wubin, Bindi Bindi to Lyons
|Kewdale Intermodal Rail Supply Chain
|Perth = South Lake, Cockburn Central|
|Perth Freight Link
|Tonkin Highway grade separations
|Perth – Morley, Bayswater|
|North West Coastal Highway—Minilya to Barradale
|Gascoyne Region – Minilya to Nanutarra|
|Gateway WA Perth Airport
|Perth – Belmont, Kewdale|
|Portlink Inland Freight Corridor Concept Plan
|Swan Valley Bypass
|Perth and Swan Valley – Malaga to Muchea|
|Roe Highway- Berkshire Road Grade Separation
|Nicholson Road Grade Separation
|Trial of low profile Concrete Sleepers on the WA Grain Line