Extension on track
PROMISE FOR YANCHEP RAIL KEPT
LAST week’s State Budget included $441 million for a rail extension to Yanchep, but no funding before 2021 to extend the Mitchell Freeway.
The Joondalup rail line extension was a key election promise made by the State Government and includes construction of stations at Yanchep, Eglinton and Alkimos, which will feature bus interchanges and park and ride facilities.
The project was previously expected to cost $386 million but is now listed as $520 million, with a further $79.4 million allocated for the project in 2021-22.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said work was underway on the Yanchep rail extension, with a business case submitted to Infrastructure Australia last month.
According to Butler MLA John Quigley, the Budget was focused on addressing issues facing his constituents.
“Things like creating more jobs and investing in essential services like transport, health and education,” he said.
“The State Budget will ensure that these plans become a reality as we continue to deliver on our election commitments.”
Pearce MHR Christian Porter has been running a petition to extend the freeway to Romeo Road, attracting more than 1800 signatures so far, and said it was disappointing the project was not included in the budget.
“The fact that Labor hasn’t even included any funding toward the extension to Romeo Road over the forward estimates shows that for at least the next four years this project is completely off their agenda,” he said.
“It makes it immensely difficult to get Federal funding for a project the State Government has said it doesn’t think is important.”
Work has started on the $31 million dual carriageway on Wanneroo Road from Joondalup to Flynn Drives, with funding to continue to 2018-19, and there is nearly $115 million for overpasses on Wanneroo Road at Joondalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road over the next four years.
The Department of Transport will also spend $3.6 million in 201718 to repair, refurbish and replace maritime assets at Two Rocks Marina.
CONSTRUCTION to rebuild primary facilities at Yanchep District High School is set to start in 2019.
Last week’s State Budget allocated $15 million to rebuild Yanchep Primary School after the secondary college opens, with $7 million listed for 2019-20.
The State Government will also deliver $119 million in funding over the next four years for an additional 470 education jobs.
This comprises an extra 120 teachers, 300 education assistants and 50 Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers to be placed in public schools. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said they wanted to give students every chance for success.
“By placing more teachers in public schools, we are giving students the support they need to achieve their very best and giving our exemplary teachers greater opportunities to share their knowledge with others,” she said.
“Students in schools across the State will benefit from additional teaching staff as more oneon-one attention and specialist assistance is provided in the classroom.”