Infrastructure Update for WA

Infrastructure Update for WA

Infrastructure Australia’s priority list recognises WA projects

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Minister’s office – 6552 5500

  • Western Australia has 15 nationally significant projects or initiatives on the list, compared to seven in 2016
  • Morley-Ellenbrook Line features on priority list for the first time
  • Greater focus on METRONET, which is now a nationally significant project
  • Planning underway for all new State-identified initiatives on list

The State Government has welcomed the inclusion of new Western Australian initiatives, including METRONET, in Infrastructure Australia’s latest Infrastructure Priority List released today.

This year’s priority list has two ‘projects’ and 13 ‘initiatives’ for WA transport infrastructure, compared with just one project and six initiatives in 2016, highlighting the State Government’s increased engagement with Infrastructure Australia.

The priority list classes ‘projects’ as an infrastructure solution that has been positively assessed and is underway, and ‘initiatives’ as infrastructure opportunities that have not yet completed the IA assessment process.

New ‘initiative’ listings include:

  • Morley-Ellenbrook Line (Transport Connectivity between Morley and Ellenbrook);
  • Fremantle Traffic Bridge;
  • Tonkin Highway Gap;
  • Karratha-Tom Price Road; and
  • Canning Bridge crossing capacity and interchange (IA identified initiative).

The Yanchep Rail Extension was assessed as one of eight ‘High Priority Projects’ as it will provide more transport choices for residents and reduce demand on the roads, particularly in peak periods.

Meanwhile, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link is one of 10 ‘Priority Projects’ and will promote urban renewal along the line, relieve pressure on existing stations and reduce road congestion.

The full list is available on the Infrastructure Australia website.

 

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“The inclusion of more WA projects and initiatives on the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List is testament to this Government’s focus on METRONET and fixing congestion.

“While we expected IA to assess the Morley-Ellenbrook Line as a more urgent project, we expect its urgency will be upgraded as the Business Case process is finalised.

“The Bayswater Station upgrade forms the first step for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and construction begins late 2019.

“The more projects on this list, the better for WA. It helps the State Government’s requests to the Commonwealth to help fund local projects.

“I am also pleased to see the addition of Karratha-Tom Price Road as an initiative, which will strengthen our case in getting funding support from the Commonwealth to supplement the State Government’s $50 million contribution.

“I am disappointed the Albany Ring Road has been excluded again, however, the State Government still has $35 million allocated and we will continue to pressure the Federal Government to put forward funding towards the project.”

 

Infrastructure WA Bill next step to growing the economy and creating jobs

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Premier’s office – 6552 5000

  • Infrastructure WA (IWA) legislation to be introduced into Parliament this week
  • IWA will plot a clear, long-term course to encourage investment and create jobs in WA
  • First priority will be to develop a 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy
  • John Langoulant AO appointed as IWA chair-designate
  • Establishing IWA is a major McGowan Government election commitment and was also a key recommendation of the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects

Legislation to establish Infrastructure WA will be introduced into State Parliament this week, delivering on another election commitment by the McGowan Government.

IWA will help build a strong economy by improving infrastructure co-ordination and planning, encouraging investment and supporting job creation.

The legislation will establish IWA as a statutory authority that will advise Government on the State’s infrastructure needs and priorities, and ensure maximum value from every dollar spent by government agencies on major proposals.

The legislation will ensure the State’s long-term infrastructure priorities are informed by robust independent advice, and will foster a bipartisan approach and greater collaboration between the Government, community and industry.

IWA’s immediate task will be to develop a 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy that will identify WA’s long-term infrastructure requirements and recommend significant projects and programs to meet those needs.

IWA’s other roles include:

  • Assessing and reporting on major government infrastructure proposals before investment decisions are made;
  • Providing advice on infrastructure priorities, and funding and financing options; and
  • Co-ordinating the State’s submissions to Infrastructure Australia.

John Langoulant AO has been appointed as the IWA chair-designate to assist with the establishment and early operation of Infrastructure WA.

Mr Langoulant is a respected member of the Western Australian community with significant experience in both the public and private sectors.

An expression of interest will be released in coming months to select other board members. IWA received overwhelming public support during the consultation period. The consultation summary can be viewed at http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/infrastructurewa

 

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Establishing Infrastructure WA is an important part of our Plan for Jobs.

“It will help develop a pipeline of investment, provide business certainty and create long-term, secure jobs.

“In the past, governments have been too short-sighted and only focused on the election cycle.

“This lack of co-ordinated strategic planning has at times led to poor decision making and resulted in costly project delays or cancellations.

“IWA will change how we plan and deliver infrastructure and will set our State up for the long term.

“For years, business and industry have been calling for a long-term infrastructure strategy, that’s why the immediate priority for IWA will be to develop a 20-year plan.

“The State Infrastructure Strategy will build on our existing infrastructure plans for the State, including the first stages of METRONET, and outline a vision over a 20-year horizon.

“As a statutory authority, it will provide expert, independent advice to Government on the State’s needs and priorities, and ensure every dollar of taxpayers’ money is invested wisely.

“Infrastructure WA will work collaboratively with Government, the community and industry to adopt a bipartisan approach to forward planning to achieve long-term benefits for WA.

“I welcome John Langoulant to the position of Infrastructure WA chair-designate and have confidence he will provide the necessary leadership to get IWA up and running.”

 

For further information on IWA, please visit Infrastructure WA.