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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Perth Freight Link Project

(Question No. 805)

Ms MacTiernan asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, in writing, on 4 June 2015:

In respect of the Perth Freight Link project, (a) when did Infrastructure Australia first receive the business case for the project; (b) when will the assessment of the business case be made public; (c) how will Infrastructure Australia account for the potential inclusion of an underground tunnel option to Stirling Highway; (d) what sum was spent by his department on this project in (i) 2013-14; and (ii) 2014-15; and (e) has his department received advice from the Western Australian Government on the need for an outer harbour development; if so, (i) on what date, and (ii) what advice was received.

Mr Truss: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) 17 February 2015.

(b) The assessment will be publicly released as soon as practicable after the June quarter.

(c) Infrastructure Australia would assess the changes in the costs and benefits of the project associated with any decision to include an underground tunnel to Stirling Highway.

(d) (i) $190,999.70

(ii) $213,486.71

(e) Consideration of the capacity of Fremantle Port and future development of the Outer Harbour has formed part of a continuous dialogue between the Department and the Western Australian Government that has informed the development of the Perth Freight Link project. As set out in the business case summary for Perth Freight Link, the project will cater for continued investment and growth in the Inner Harbour.