Labor pays up for election promises
DESPITE lamenting the sorry state of WA’s finances for months in the lead up to his first budget, Treasurer Ben Wyatt has still found room in the books for many of Labor’s election promises to the southern suburbs.
Ambitious infrastructure project Metronet was the centrepiece of Labor’s election campaign and the State Government has not backed down on its commitment, setting aside $423 million to extend the Thornlie line to Cockburn.
The project includes the construction of two new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road, including park and ride facilities and bus interchanges, with the heavy spending beginning from 2018- 19 and continuing all the way through until 2022.
Just under $1 million will also go towards restoration projects by volunteer groups for the Swan and Canning Rivers.
Close to $10 million will be spent in 2017-18 to establish the state’s first alcohol and drug rehabilitation prison at Wandoo in Murdoch, which the State Government hopes will help to reduce reoffending.