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Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed $1.6 billion in new spending on WA road and rail projects ahead of next week's budget and a federal election which will likely be called within weeks.
The money, which Mr Morrison announced at a train station in Carlisle this morning, will be spent on "congestion busting" projects such as removing three level crossings in Swan MP Steve Iron's at-risk seat, rebuilding the Fremantle Traffic Bridge and an extra $348.5 million for Tonkin Highway upgrades.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Perth on Thursday announcing an extra $1.6 billion in WA infrastructure funding Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Liberal Curtin candidate Celia Hammond, Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds and Swan MP Steve Irons.CREDIT:NATHAN HONDROS
The Prime Minister said the budget would include $248 million to complete the long-awaited Karratha to Tom Price Road, money towards a new train station north of Mandurah and a multi-storey carpark for the coastal city's existing station.
Mr Morrison said the projects were aimed at bolstering the WA economy after its post-boom downturn.
"For its future to be secured, we need these significant infrastructure investments which are a key part of our national economic plan," he said.
"When you're delivering a stronger economy you can make the investments like the ones we're talking about here today in the budget next week, $1.6 billion to upgrade further major projects right here in Western Australia."
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the funding would come on top of $4.8 billion in additional federal investment in WA infrastructure over the past two years and nearly $10 billion since the government was elected in 2013.
Mr Irons, who holds his seat by 3.6 per cent, said the removal of the level crossings would change the way his electors moved around the city.
This article first appeared on www.watoday.com.au
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