The state government plans to invest a record $39 billion in infrastructure projects over the next four years. The investment includes hospitals, schools, Metronet, roads, and decarbonisation initiatives. The budget highlights an increase in project implementation, particularly in Metronet and the construction of the new Women and Babies Hospital at Murdoch.
Investment in Women and Babies Hospital Project
The new hospital project, located next to Fiona Stanley Hospital, will receive an investment of $544 million over the next four years. Construction is scheduled to start in 2024, creating a modern maternity hospital. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $1.8 billion, with no completion date announced yet.
The government has also committed $2.8 billion to four green energy projects, including a significant investment of $2.3 billion in battery infrastructure at Collie and Kwinana. Funding has been allocated for the construction of Perth’s third desalination plant in Alkimos, which will be powered by renewable energy.
Advancements in Metronet and Transportation Infrastructure
Transport infrastructure will receive a $13.6 billion investment, with $5.9 billion dedicated to the Metronet program. The Yanchep rail extension, Bayswater station platforms, and Lakelands station on the Mandurah line are expected to be completed by the end of this year. The Morley-Ellenbrook line, additional platforms, and a bridge at Bayswater are targeted for completion by the end of 2024.
The state’s road network will receive a $6.5 billion investment, with $5.3 billion allocated to regional areas. The budget also includes funding for locally built C-series trains and a fleet of new electric buses, aiming to boost local manufacturing.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti acknowledged cost pressures on infrastructure projects but assured that mechanisms are in place to support industry. The government has worked with the Federal Government to ensure project delivery at a lower cost compared to similar projects on the east coast.
The budget introduces workforce measures to support the construction sector, including increased funding for apprenticeship grants and subsidies for skilled migrants entering the sector.
Source: WA Government