Funding wishlist flagged as PM visits WA

Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Picture: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images
Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Picture: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison is spending the next few days in Western Australia and the state’s political leader has already flagged his funding wishlist ahead of the federal budget in April.

Noting his government had secured a lot of money from Canberra recently, Premier Mark McGowan said he would like more cash for Labor’s flagship Metronet rail project.

The federal government has already committed $500 million for the Ellenbrook line but Mr McGowan said he would welcome more money for the outer-metro link to Perth.

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“There’s some additional level crossings they could support as well and some additional technological enhancements on the rail network,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Mr McGowan also called for more funding for regional roads.

These included the Karratha-Tom Price Road, which is set to be sealed but has been complicated by the discovery of asbestos contamination.

It was historically a transport route for product from Wittenoom, which is now a deadly ghost town.

Mr McGowan also wants cash for the unfinished Albany Ring Road.

“Those sorts of projects are important and the Commonwealth could provide some additional support for those,” he said.

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