La­bor un­der fire over Metronet sub­mis­sion

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

THE progress of Metronet projects, in­clud­ing rail to Yanchep, cre­ated con­flict be­tween State and Fed­eral politi­cians last week.

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter is­sued a state­ment last Tues­day crit­i­cis­ing the State Gov­ern­ment af­ter a Sen­ate es­ti­mates com­mit­tee re­vealed In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia had not re­ceived full busi­ness cases for Metronet projects.

“The sub­mis­sion of a busi­ness case to In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia is crit­i­cal to en­sure the Yanchep rail project is man­aged and ex­e­cuted in the most ef­fi­cient way,” he said.

“It now seems that progress on Yanchep rail is be­ing threat­ened be­cause La­bor still have not sub­mit­ted the crit­i­cal busi­ness case.”

In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia and Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti both con­firmed last week that pre­lim­i­nary busi­ness cases for Yanchep and Thorn­lie rail projects were sub­mit­ted in Au­gust.

“The WA Gov­ern­ment is un­der­tak­ing fur­ther work on cost ben­e­fit anal­y­sis and land use plan­ning to fi­nalise the busi­ness cases for these projects,” an In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia spokesman said.

Mr Porter said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment had com­mit­ted $792 mil­lion for Metronet projects and it was dis­ap­point­ing the State Bud­get did not in­clude fund­ing for the El­len­brook rail line.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the busi­ness cases would be de­liv­ered in mul­ti­ple stages, with fi­nal sub­mis­sions ex­pected early next year.

The con­flict stemmed from a Sen­ate es­ti­mates dis­cus­sion in late Oc­to­ber, when Sen­a­tor Slade Brock­man asked about Metronet.

“We have some pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion on Yanchep and Thorn­lie, but we haven’t re­ceived the full busi­ness cases yet as they are be­ing worked on,” In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Philip Davies said.

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