Tough to track Bud­get spend

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

LO­CAL, state and federal politi­cians have lashed the Federal Bud­get for not ad­dress­ing Perth’s trans­port and traf­fic con­ges­tion prob­lems.

North Met­ro­pol­i­tan MLC Ken Travers said there was no new money in Scott Mor­ri­son’s first bud­get for projects in Perth’s north­ern sub­urbs, and no new fund­ing for rail any­where in the State.

“WA is the only state that did not re­ceive any new rail fund­ing,” he said.

Mr Travers said light rail was needed in the heart of met­ro­pol­i­tan Perth to sup­port ur­ban in­fill, re­duc­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion and ur­ban sprawl.

Greens Se­na­tor Scott Lud­lam said the bud­get again left pub­lic trans­port out in the cold and in­stead the Govern­ment was push­ing ahead with the Perth Freight Link “de­ba­cle”.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder con­ceded it was true the Federal Bud­get con­tained no new fund­ing for road or rail projects in Perth’s north­ern sub­urbs but de­nied the claim WA was the only state to re­ceive no new rail fund­ing.

“There was $490 mil­lion in the Federal Bud­get for the For­rest­field-Air­port Link, a rail­way which will con­nect res­i­dents in Perth’s east­ern foothills to the Perth CBD, via the air­port,” he said.

Mr Lud­lam re­buked this state­ment, ar­gu­ing that the “$500 mil­lion for air­port rail looks great un­til you re­alise it was money that had al­ready been an­nounced”.

Mr Nalder said $5 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated for merge lines on the free­ways, and $2.3 mil­lion for an exit lane on Mitchell Free­way north­bound for Kar­rinyup Road, from the Cedric Street off ramp.

The Govern­ment claims the Air­port Link rep­re­sents new rail fund­ing.

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