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Gateway WA: Perth Airport and freight roads.



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Campaign Media Release PRIME MINISTER

MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

GATEWAY WA - PERTH AIRPORT AND FREIGHT ROADS

Today the Gillard Labor Government announced that if re-elected it will work in partnership with the Western Australian Government to deliver the Gateway WA project - providing a significant upgrade to the transport infrastructure around Perth

Airport.

This upgrade will reduce congestion and ensure families and business people can get to and from Perth Airport safer and faster, and it will drive the expansion of the dynamic Western Australia economy.

As the fastest growing state economy, and with air travel in WA set to double in coming decades, this vital infrastructure will help WA build a modern economy.

Gateway WA will make doing business more efficient and strengthen Perth’s place as an economic hub of Asia.

Without projects like this, the cost of urban congestion in Perth will rise to $2.1 billion by 2020.

Western Australians deserve a fair return from WA’s expanding economy and multi-billion dollar resource developments.

That is why Federal Labor will invest more than $2 billion in WA infrastructure from the Regional Infrastructure Fund for important projects like Gateway WA.

The current WA Gateway proposal includes:

• Building an interchange at the intersection of Leach and Tonkin highways. • Widening the Tonkin Highway (Great Eastern Highway to Roe Highway) to a six lane freeway. • Building a grade separated interchange at the intersection of Tonkin

Highway and Horrie Miller Drive/Kewdale Road. • Upgrading the intersection between the Roe and Tonkin highways to a full freeway-to-freeway interchange. • Building a flyover at the intersection of Leach Highway and Abernethy

Road.

• Upgrading Orrong Road (from Leach Highway to Graham Farmer Freeway).

The WA Government has submitted the $600 million WA Gateway proposal to Infrastructure Australia for assessment. Federal Labor is pledging to fund up to 80 per cent of the cost, up to $480 million, from 2011-12, subject to further assessment.

In addition, Federal Labor is today announcing it will deliver the additional funds necessary to complete the 4.1 kilometre upgrade of the Great Eastern Highway.

The additional funding for the 4.1 kilometre upgrade of the Great Eastern Highway will be determined in consultation with the WA Government, with Federal Labor committing up to 80 per cent. This funding will come from the existing, and budgeted for, Nation Building Program and its next tranche.

The Gateway WA proposal builds on the long term strategy initiated by Federal Labor, including its $350 million investment in the Perth Urban Transport and Freight Corridor upgrade.

The Perth Airport and Kewdale/Forrestfield precinct is also the primary gateway for the movement of freight in Western Australia, which needs investment to support the expected doubling of freight over coming decades.

Today’s announcement is in addition to the $3.5 billion investment the Government is already making in WA’s road and rail infrastructure as part of the Nation Building Program. This includes re-railing and passing loops for freight rail links and the Northbridge Link that will sink the train line and transform the city.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is fully funded and included in the budget as part of Federal Labor’s reforms to the mining sector.

PERTH 30 JULY 2010

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