Two METRONET projects gain approval

Infrastructure Australia has granted two more METRONET projects approval after months of consultation, allowing the Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link will be delivered under a single alliance contract. Infrastructure Australia evaluated both projects and confirmed they will deliver a positive return on investment for the community. Rita Saffioiti, Transport Minister, said the government has…

Crane driver critically injured in highway transportation

Written by Jerry Wu A 25 tonne articulated crane flipped over after a tyre blew out causing the driver to lose control. The incident happened at around 2.50pm on Thursday 15 November, a 41-year-old man was driving a 25-tonne articulated crane in a westerly direction along the North West Coastal Highway in Mount Anketelle. The 41…

Western Australians Recognised for Championing Active Transport

Local governments, workplaces, schools and individuals have been recognised for leading the charge towards active transport. Nine people from metro and regional WA have won awards as part of the 2018 Your Move Awards, as part of a campaign to encourage sustainable transport. The grassroots campaign supported schools, local communities and workplaces to choose more…

Main Road unveils new central hub for traffic and road management

Main Roads WA has unveiled its new high tech operations system today, and will be capable of managing traffic flow across the entire metropolitan area. The Road Network Operations Centre (RNOC) features sophisticated technology and improved data feedback to help improve congestion on our roads. Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said one of the priorities of…

Tax Cuts the Centrepiece as Scott Morrison Hands Down Federal Budget

Australian taxpayers are set to become big winners, under new measures announced in the Federal Budget. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has handed down his third budget promising “essential services that Australians rely on” while aiming to return the country to a $2.2 billion surplus in 2019-20, cutting its $14.5 billion debt in 2018-19. “This is…

Federal Funding Frenzy To Make Up For WA’s GST Shortfall

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s trip to Perth saw the announcement of a record amount of Federal funding for our State. A major $3.2 billion dollars has been committed for the 2018-2019 Federal budget, with hopes of rectifying WA’s unfair share of the GST. “We’ve never made any bones about the fact that the current arrangements…

Swan River foot bridge central arch underway

The Swan River foot bridge has hit a milestone today, with one of the central wishbone arches being lifted into place. This arch will sit 72 metres above sea level, with the second half of the arch expected to be lifted in the coming weeks, subject to weather conditions and operational requirements. The central arch…

Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET plans under way

The first community information session for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook, led by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw, saw 170 residents attend in support of the project. “It is clear from the information session and survey that residents along the future Morley-Ellenbrook Line corridor are excited about this project,” said Ms Saffioti.…

Opposition Urged To Support Compensation levy for Taxi industry

Opposition has commented that the Government as Minister need to fulfil their election commitment to the taxi industry, which involved a plate buy back contingent on no new taxes. “Why are they treating their commitment to taxi drivers as a commitment they can only deliver if they have a new tax in place?” said Liza…

More Roads Not the Answer to Traffic Following Changing Commuter Attitudes

A sustainability expert claims introducing more roads to reduce traffic congestion is not the answer, following a report revealing more commuters are reconsidering their daily travel to work because of gridlock. Curtin University Professor Peter Newman said adding more roads did not fix traffic problems and could be solved by making cities more appealing for…