La­bor pays up for elec­tion prom­ises

Comment News (Armadale) - - News - Jes­sica Nico

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.

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