Ex­ten­sion on track


North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Pond and Lucy Jarvis

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.”

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