Building road and rail infrastructure paves way to WAs recovery

02 September 2020

As part of Western Australia's economic recovery, the McGowan Government is investing significantly in job-creating road and rail infrastructure projects across the State, as it bolsters the $6.5 billion unprecedented building program.

Building road and rail infrastructure will deliver a pipeline of work for local businesses and local workers as the State continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than $260 million anticipated to be spent on transport portfolio works monthly, building to $280 million a month the following financial year.

This is compared to transport projects under the previous Liberal National Government, when an average of just $156 million was spent each month at the end of their time in office.

To build on the McGowan Government's unprecedented investment, more than $100 million of additional funding has been invested into a new major roads infrastructure package, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

These projects will create local jobs and opportunities for local businesses and include:  

As part of a push to fast track major infrastructure projects to boost the State's recovery journey, the McGowan Government is bringing forward works on 11 major road projects worth an estimated $2.37 billion and will create approximately 13,000 jobs.

The McGowan Government has undertaken planning for its current pipeline of infrastructure projects to cut red tape and to get funding flowing and approvals in place as quickly as possible.

Procurement for a number of major projects has been streamlined between two to 18 months to get works off the ground and workers onsite as soon as possible. These projects include:

Meanwhile the McGowan Government is still waiting on Federal Government environmental approval to start the much anticipated $500 million Tonkin Highway Extension project.

Already the McGowan Government has successfully negotiated a multimillion dollar package with the Commonwealth Government to get a number of key projects off the ground and secure jobs.

These projects, estimated to create 1,300 jobs, include:

The McGowan Government is also continuing with its ambitious rail infrastructure program with seven major METRONET projects underway this year alone, creating thousands of local jobs.

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Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"Bolstering our major road and rail program of work is about building infrastructure to benefit the WA community and generations to come, while we create a pipeline of work for Western Australians and opportunities for local businesses.

"Coming out of a pandemic we're doing everything we can to stimulate the economy and that means implementing our $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan which includes significant investments into initiatives to help get shovels in the ground.

"We have fast tracked 11 major road projects with many starting in the next six months, creating more than 14,000 jobs and this package of works, as part of the WA Recovery Plan, is in addition to the works due to get underway.

"Our METRONET program is continuing with seven projects underway, including track laying on the Forrestfield-Airport Link and the Bellevue Railcar Facility Stage 1, due for completion in months."

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"We are working hard to stimulate the economy with a number of major transport infrastructure projects underway all across the State.

"Across our major road and rail projects we anticipate supporting and creating thousands of local jobs.

"Not only will these projects help stimulate our economy, they will also help improve safety, ease congestion and improve efficiency all across WA.

"No matter where you visit in WA you will see hard hats and infrastructure works underway."  




Source:  Western Australian Government -

Date of Original:  23 August 2020

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