Rail ex­ten­sion fund­ing

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Lucy Jarvis

THE Fed­eral Govern­ment could pro­vide al­most twothirds of fund­ing needed for the Yanchep rail ex­ten­sion.

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said sub­ject to pos­i­tive as­sess­ments of the busi­ness cases through In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia, projects such as the Yanchep rail line ex­ten­sion would re­ceive sig­nif­i­cant Fed­eral fund­ing.

“I’ve been work­ing hard to get a bet­ter deal for WA on our GST re­turn,” he said.

“Part of the com­pen­sa­tion pack­age I have helped de­velop in the Coali­tion’s 2017-18 Bud­get en­sures we will fund 62 per cent of the rail line to Yanchep, sub­ject to In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia ap­proval of the busi­ness case.

“This is the crit­i­cal fund­ing that will make Yanchep rail a re­al­ity and the sooner the State Govern­ment can com­plete its busi­ness case, the sooner we can com­mence this im­por­tant project.”

The MP’s com­ment fol­lowed the week­end an­nounce­ment of a $2.3 bil­lion agree­ment be­tween the Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments to fund trans­port in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan said that agree­ment in­cluded $1.2 bil­lion to de­liver Metronet, in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sion of the Joon­dalup Line to Yanchep, which the State Govern­ment plans to start build­ing in 2019 and fin­ish by 2021.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said that both gov­ern­ments had worked to­gether to de­liver the best pos­si­ble out­come for WA.

“The State Govern­ment’s Metronet ini­tia­tive fits in well with my govern­ment’s Smart Cities agenda, and we will con­tinue to work with the Pre­mier and his team to help make it hap­pen,” he said.

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