Shadow cast over state projects

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

The Gateway project is a major upgrade around Perth Airport, including building new interchanges along Tonkin Highway and widening it from four to six lanes.

Mr Irons said the $480 million federal contribution to Gateway WA continued to be linked to the mining tax, which raised a negligible amount of money this year.

‘The Government is still in denial on the mining tax ” it is not raising anywhere near enough money to cover Gateway WA, let alone the other 12 projects it is supposed to fund across the country,’ Mr Irons said.

WA Labor Senator Mark Bishop said the Federal Government was investing $686.4 million towards the billion dollar project, which would remove one of Perth’s worst black spots at the intersection of Tonkin Highway, Horrie Miller Drive and Kewdale Road.

‘It’s part of a record $6.9 billion investment by the Federal Government in transport infrastructure in WA,’ Mr Bishop said.

‘By investing in the modern, well-planned infrastructure, it will make our businesses more competitive and our economy stronger.’

But Mr Irons said Labor had underfunded WA projects.

‘No timeline or detail has been announced for the public transport package and a pattern is beginning to emerge from other nation-building projects that the bulk of the funding will be delayed by six to 10 years to meet the $1.2 billion a year cuts in this budget,’ he said.