Scott Morrison drops $1.6b on WA road and rail projects in budget sweetener

«For its future to be secured, we need these significant infrastructure investments which are a key part of our national economic plan,» he said.

«When you’re delivering a stronger economy you can make the investments like the ones we’re talking about here today in the budget next week, $1.6 billion to upgrade further major projects right here in Western Australia.»

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the funding would come on top of  $4.8 billion in additional federal investment in WA infrastructure over the past two years and nearly $10 billion since the government was elected in 2013.

Mr Irons, who holds his seat by 3.6 per cent, said the removal of the level crossings would change the way his electors moved around the city.

«The level crossings are noisy, they cause congestion and worst of all they are dangerous,» he said.

«We are acting now and are committed to a better quality of life for the commuters. We want to ease the pressure on you.»

Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets children from a nearby school following a press conference in Carlisle on Thursday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets children from a nearby school following a press conference in Carlisle on Thursday.Credit:Richard Wainwright

WA Labor Government welcomes federal cash

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti welcomed what she described as the federal government’s «final quarter effort».

«This announcement shows our proactive approach to working with the Federal Government on infrastructure has worked,» she said.

«Before the McGowan Government took office, Western Australia was mired by weak federal-state relations and lacked a coherent transport plan.

«The previous government simply did not do the work to get the projects funded.

«Under the McGowan Government, Western Australia has a strong plan for Metronet and roads, and we’ve successfully leveraged more Commonwealth funding as a result.»

Morrison targets Labor on jobs policy

The Prime Minister took aim at the opposition’s wages policy, which was announced this week by Labor leader Bill Shorten.

Mr Shorten said he would reverse cuts to penalty rates, increase wages for workers and introduce a new living wage to replace the minimum wage.


The Fair Work Commission would increase the minimum wage while taking into account the ability of business to pay.

But Mr Morrison said Labor’s policy would lead to fewer jobs.

«The Labor Party is pursuing an industrial relations policy at the moment which is going to force small and family businesses to sack workers to pay others,» he said.

«And the biggest victims of Labor’s policy will be young people. They’ll be the casuals, the ones who want extra hours, the ones who want their first job.

«These young people will be the first victims of Labor’s recklessness when it comes to economic management.»

Road and rail projects announced ahead of Federal Budget 2019

Level Crossing Removals

  • Oats Street/Welshpool Road/Mint Street Level Crossing Removal (Federal Government investment: $207.5 million)


  • Albany Ring Road (Federal Government investment: $140 million)
  • Fremantle Traffic Bridge (Swan River Crossing) (Federal Government investment: $115 million)
  • Tonkin Highway projects (Stage 3 extension; Great Eastern Highway to Collier Road; Kelvin Road, Hale Road and Welshpool Road East intersection upgrades) (Federal Government investment: $348.5 million of additional funding bringing our overall commitment to those three projects to $929 million)
  • Bunbury Outer Ring Road – Stages 2 and 3 (Federal Government investment: $122 million of additional funding taking our overall commitment to $682 million)

Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative

  • Western Australian section of the Newman to Katherine Corridor (Federal Government investment: $70 million)
  • Western Australian section of the Alice Springs to Halls Creek Corridor (Federal Government investment: $75 million)
  • Karratha to Tom Price Corridor (Federal Government investment: $248 million)
  • Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network (Federal Government investment: $70 million)
  • Western Australian section of the Port Augusta to Perth (Federal Government investment: $50 million)
  • Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation – Stage 1 (Federal Government investment: $22 million)

Urban Congestion Fund

  • Thomas Road and Nicholson Road in Oakford (Federal Government investment: $10 million)
  • Transforming Freeways — widening and introduction of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) (Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways) (Federal Government investment: $50 million)
  • Lloyd Street Extension (Federal Government investment: $20 million)
  • Abernethy Road Upgrade (Federal Government investment: $13.25 million)
  • Lakelands Station (Federal Government investment: $10 million)
  • Shorehaven Boulevard / Marmion Avenue Intersection Upgrade (Federal Government investment: $2.5 million)
  • More Parking Bays at Mandurah Station (Federal Government investment: $16 million)

Major Project Business Case Fund

  • Future Road and Rail Connections for Perth (Federal Government investment: $25 million) – to investigate future road and rail links to support the growth of the transport network in Perth
  • Westport project (Federal Government investment: $10 million) – development of business cases and corridor preservation to support the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy, which is currently being developed by the WA Government.

Nathan is WAtoday’s political reporter.

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