Roe 8 con­tracts be­ing re­vis­ited

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE State Gov­ern­ment is set to rene­go­ti­ate Roe 8 con­tracts so work­ers tied to the $450m project can help de­liver La­bor’s pre-elec­tion trans­port prom­ises.

Speak­ing in Bibra Lake on Thurs­day, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the Gov­ern­ment would seek “value for money com­po­nents” tied to the orig­i­nal con­tracts and aim to se­cure em­ploy­ment for hun­dreds of work­ers.

“Ul­ti­mately we want to vary the Roe 8 con­tract,” she said.

“It’s hap­pened be­fore. We want to vary it but we have specif­i­cally stated we want the value for money com­po­nents and as part of those ne­go­ti­a­tions a lot of the unit costs that were built into the orig­i­nal con­tracts would be built into this one.”

The $166m Ar­madale Road fly­over bridge was one pre­elec­tion prom­ise but de­spite a meet­ing sched­uled with the City of Cock­burn to dis­cuss it last week, Ms Saf­fi­oti did not say which projects were be­ing con­sid­ered.

“What we’ve tried to iden­tify are those projects we be­lieve are most shovel-ready so there’s a con­tin­u­ous work­force,” she said.

“We want to sit down with con­trac­tors over the next two or three weeks and try get an out­come that gives us value for money and the con­tin­ued work­force.”

Speak­ing on ra­dio on Thurs­day, Pre­mier Mark McGowan said scrap­ping Roe 8 could cost tax­pay­ers about $50m after the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral lead­er­ship opted to start the project prior to the elec­tion.

Ms Saf­fi­oti hoped ne­go­ti­at­ing new work would soften exit costs and any deal would be sub­ject to it of­fer­ing value for money.

The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the 40 hectares of cleared Roe 8 road re­serve will be han­dled by con­trac­tors and Main Roads be­fore an or­gan­ised com­mu­nity pro­gram led by the State Gov­ern­ment will reveg­e­tate the site.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, Pre­mier Mark McGowan and Bic­ton MLA Lisa O’Mal­ley in Bibra Lake on Thurs­day.

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