LOCAL MLAs have welcomed the State Government’s allocation of more than $1.8 billion in funding for rail and road infrastructure projects in this year’s State Budget.
The Morley to Ellenbrook rail line will receive $750 million to begin construction next year, with $21 million allocated by the State Government.
Congestion on Reid Highway will be eased with $70 million allocated to the duplication between Altone Road and West Swan Road, while $86 million will go towards building a bridge at the intersection of Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road.
Other funding includes funds for the redevelopment of the Maylands Brickworks from the Heritage Revolving Fund, $17.3 million for the new Caversham South primary school and $1.85 million administration facilities upgrades at Weld Square and Yokine primary schools.
There is also continued funding for the $50 million redevelopment of John Forrest Secondary College, $5 million planning and construction of a performing arts centre at Ballajura Community College and $260.8 million for the NorthLink WA project.
West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti said the centrepiece of infrastructure funding was the Metronet project.
“Works will continue on NorthLink, while next financial year will see the completion of the Lord Street upgrade project,” she said.
“A centrepiece of this is, of course, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. Planning is well underway and works will commence at Bayswater for this vital project during 2019.”
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said important projects included Metronet and the Forrestfield-Airport Link.
“The redevelopment of Bayswater station is a very important project for the community, with plans of the ‘bones’ of the station recently released by the Metronet team, and the design and architecture to come soon after community consultation,” she said.
Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson welcomed the $349 million investment in social and affordable housing projects to complement the Metronet plan in the Budget.
Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman said Mirrabooka residents would benefit from the State Government’s investment in the Methamphetamine Action Plan and athe National Domestic Violence Order Scheme.