Western Australia Treasurer Troy Buswell
Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell
State Budget 2013-14: Investing In Infrastructure To Support Our Growing State – Billions Invested For A State Of Growth
Victor P Taffa
- $5.7 Billion invested in public transport infrastructure to meet growing demand
- Record investment includes Airport Rail line and MAX Light Rail
- $47 Million for multi-storey Park and Ride at Edgewater Railway Station
- WA’s population growth adds 75,000 people and 96,500 vehicles
Edgewater Railway Station will get a new 1,000-bay multi-storey car park under the State Government’s $5.7 Billion investment in public transport to cope with Perth’s rapid population growth.
The new multi-storey car park will provide an extra 564 low-fee Park and Ride bays for commuters using the northern rail line, taking the total number of parking bays available at Edgewater railway station to about 1,400.
Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the car park would cater for the increasing number of people using public transport in the northern corridor.
“Last year alone, there were an extra 750,000 boardings on the northern line, adding to what was our busiest year on the public transport network, reflecting the dramatic increase in the population of Perth.” Mr. Buswell said.
“Edgewater Railway Station is at the heart of one of Perth’s fastest growing areas. The City of Joondalup is now home to more than 164,000 people, and more than 900 First Home Owner grants were given out in the city in the last financial year.”
“As it grows, more and more people are turning to public transport.”
“It’s a similar story across Perth. We are the fastest-growing capital city in Australia, with growth of 3.3 %. Last year alone, 75,000 people moved to our city and our people transport network catered for an extra 5 Million boardings.” Mr. Buswell said.
The Treasurer said the population growth added 96,500 vehicles to Western Australian roads, taking the total to 2.2 Million.
“More people are using our services than ever before so we are investing in public transport infrastructure for the long term to combat congestion.” Mr. Buswell said.
“The State Government has committed $5.7 Billion over the next four years to major transport projects including the Airport Rail line, MAX Light Rail, a 37 km section of the Perth to Darwin Highway and the Edgewater Railway Station car park.”
“In addition, the Government has continued its record investment in the State’s road network, with $1.1 Billion for Main Roads this year alone that includes $500 Million for the northern suburbs.”
Mr. Buswell said the Government had also allocated record funding in the key areas of law and order, health and education between them accounting for $1 in every $2 spent under the 2013-14 State Budget.
The Government was investing $581.8 Million in 2013-14 in new primary and high schools and $1.5 Billion over four years.
“WA’s public schools enrolled an extra 8,146 students last year. In Edgewater alone, there have been a record number of public school enrolments up 3% compared to last year.” the Treasurer said.
“This reflects the vast number of people choosing to call the northern suburbs home.”
WA will spend $7.2 Billion on health in 2013-14, with a funding boost to provide for an extra 16,000 people to stay in hospitals and for an extra 25,000 patients to be treated in emergency departments.
Mr. Buswell said the 2013-14 State Budget allocated $2.7 Billion over 4 years to continue the Liberal National Government’s $7 Billion hospital building program the biggest in WA’s history.
- Key transport infrastructure investments:
- $174 Million over four years to commence the $2 Billion Airport Rail line, which will have 3 new stations, an additional 3,000 parking bays and 18 new railcars. Construction will start in 2016 with a scheduled finish in 2019
- $432 Million over 4 years towards building the 22 km MAX Light Rail, connecting the growing northern suburbs and the Perth CBD, east to Victoria Park and west to Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre in Nedlands. Construction will start in 2016 and is scheduled to finish in 2019
- $57 Million for Aubin Grove Railway Station
- $219 Million for the Perth City Link – sinking of the Wellington Street Bus Station
- The delivery of an additional 66 railcars, the first of which will arrive later in 2013, and the investment of $237 Million upgrading our bus fleet
- $152 Million to start the extension of Mitchell Fwy from Burns Beach Road to Hester Ave
- State Government will continue its record investment in the State’s road network with $1.1 Billion to Main Roads in this year alone to tackle the pressure on our road network
- Works on $1 Billion Gateway Project will continue with $836 Million committed over four years to deliver a safer, more efficient road network to the Perth Airport precinct, surrounding businesses and residential areas
- $325 Million over four years (with a State funding contribution of $100 Million) to construct a 37 km section of the Perth to Darwin Highway