State budget: $3 billion for North Metropolitan

Perth’s North Metropolitan region will benefit from a $641.3million investment in public transport and road infrastructure as part of a $3billion four-year investment in the State Budget.

Treasurer Mike Nahan said as one of Perth’s fastest-growing areas, it was a key beneficiary of the State Government’s significant investment in transport and traffic improvement measures.

These include $320million over four years to extend the Mitchell Freeway from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue to relieve pressure on local roads in the growth suburbs of Clarkson, Butler and Jindalee and cater for future residential developments further north.

The budget also includes $32.9million over the next two years for the extension of the northern suburbs rail line to Butler and $43million to turn a 2.2km section of the heavily used Reid Highway into dual carriageways between Duffy and Erindale roads.

In health, the budget includes $715.4million for infrastructure works over the next four years, including $460.6million to complete construction of Perth Children’s Hospital and $29.9million towards the redevelopment of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the new mental health unit.

“These projects form part of the Government’s $7billion, 10-year capital works program that is delivering world-class healthcare to families across Western Australia,” the Treasurer said.

Dr Nahan said the 2014-15 State Budget built on the Liberal National Government’s strong record of delivering the infrastructure and services needed to support future generations of West Australians.

“The investment in the growing North Metropolitan region is part of the Government’s vision to build and support our growing State,” he said

Fact file:

  • $225million towards construction of new WA Museum. Total cost $428million
  • $460.6million to complete construction of Perth Children’s Hospital
  • $320million to extend the Mitchell Freeway to Hester Avenue
  • $249.3million towards Elizabeth Quay
  • $249.4million for Perth City Link
  • $66.1million for the Riverside Project in East Perth
  • $33.7million for WA Institute of Sport High Performance Service Centre ($12.8million this year)
  • $45.9million for Edgewater multi-storey car park
  • $43million to turn Reid Hwy into dual carriageways between Duffy and Erindale roads
  • $32.9million to extend the northern suburbs railway to Butler
  • $29.9million for works at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, including $12.3million towards mental health unit
  • $28.8million towards the redevelopment of Scarborough Beach
  • $19.8million for the expansion of HBF Arena in Joondalup
  • $16.5million for works at Joondalup Public Hospital, including $13.1million for Telethon Paediatric Ward
  • $4million in 2014-15 for Watermans Bay marine research facility
  • $3.2million for more parking at Osborne Park Hospital
  • $103million four-year capital works program for education, including $26.3million to complete Stage 2 of Butler College

Source: News Release Treasurer Mike Nahan, 08 May 2014

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