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$13.8B for infrastructure underscored by WA Budget

Roads & Infrastructure Magazine outlines what the Western Australian Government’s 2024/25 State Budget means for the region, which highlights $13.8 billion for port, road, rail and transport infrastructure.

Roads & Infrastructure Magazine outlines what the Western Australian Government’s 2024/25 State Budget means for the region, which highlights $13.8 billion for port, road, rail and transport infrastructure.

Premier Rita Saffitoti has handed down her first State Budget, which looks set to provide a significant boost to the state’s infrastructure pipeline over the coming years.

By a long margin, the most significant funding package was allocated to METRONET, a project that when complete will deliver 21 kilometres of new rail with five new stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook.

A $4.8 billion investment has been announced over the forward estimates, supported by $2.9 billion in funding from the Commonwealth. This includes $254 million in additional State funding for METRONET infrastructure.

18 projects under the METRONET program will aim to provide a world-class public transport system, with a total of ten projects expected to be completed by the end of this year.


 

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For ports, the State Government has allocated $373 million to deliver upgrades and continue the operation of port facilities across the state. This includes $116 million for Westport, including for early marine, civil and road works.

Key freight routes will also receive upgrades and expansion, thanks to a $240 million allocation including the Brooking Channel Bridge, Bunbury Outer Ring Road, Albany Ring Road, and improvements to Great Northern Highway in the Kimberley and the Pilbara.

Other notable investments include $107 million for the Brooking Channel Bridge replacement in the Kimberley, $38 million to replace the Congdon Street Bridge, $29 million for upgrades to airstrips in regional centres and $10 million to expand school zone speed limits.

To download the full Budget Overview, click here.

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