WA Labor Seeks National Rail Fund Money for MetroNet

The WA State Government is looking to secure some of the $10 billion dollar National Rail Program the Federal Government has on offer to help pay for MetroNet.

This funding would add to the $2.3 billion that was re-allocated from the Perth Freight Link project into MetroNet and other infrastructure projects.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti called on the Federal Government to help support the ambitious rail project, which includes extending the Armadale and Joondalup lines, and creating a circle line linking Thornlie to Cockburn and the new Morley-Ellenbrook Line.

“METRONET is a transformational project that will revitalise parts of the city and create better connections to jobs, education and essential services.” Ms Saffioti said.

“It’s time WA got its fair share of infrastructure, we have the projects and they deserve funding – it’s time for the Federal Government to take Western Australia seriously.”

The Urban Development Institute of Australia’s WA branch CEO Allison Hailes said that MetroNet will be an important part of developing for Perth, as well as creating job opportunities.

“MetroNet will play a significant part in Perth’s growth and liveability… during construction it will create significant employment opportunities,” she said.

“When operational MetroNet will change the face of Perth, due to the development of higher density precincts around the new stations”

“Ensuring that good public transport infrastructure is available to people that live outside of our inner city area is critical, as that is where the majority of Perth’s population live and work.”

Curtin University Professor of Sustainability also says that the development of Perth’s rail network will be important for the development of Perth.

“Metronet will enable a much bigger and better linked service. It will open up development opportunities especially at Forestfield, Airport West, Bayswater, Randford Road and Nicholson Road and further development at Cockburn Central,” he said.

“Perth also needs a new phase of growth in Light Rail which can be funded by the resulting land development opportunities using our Entrepreneur Rail Model.”

Ms Saffioti’s office is confident that they have a strong proposal to put forward for the National Rail funding, but say that the final decision depends on the Federal Government.

The extra funding would help replace the $517 million in education and health funding  the state government lost in the federal budget.

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