Roe 8 contracts being revisited
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.