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Morrison Government invests $1.1 billion in transport infrastructure to boost WA economic recovery

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister
Federal Member for Cook

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Federal Member for Riverina

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP
Federal Member for Kooyong

The Hon. Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure
Federal Member for Aston

Date: Monday, 5 October 2020

The Western Australian economy will be boosted, roads will be safer and thousands of jobs created, with a $1.1 billion investment into transport infrastructure from the Federal Coalition as part of our COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

The latest funding injection builds on a series of statewide infrastructure investments from the Commonwealth in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic which now total nearly $1.3 billion.

Key investments for WA include $88 million for the Reid Highway Interchange with West Swan Road; $70 million for the Roe Highway Widening and Abernethy Road Upgrade; $16 million to undertake sealing of priority sections of the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra; and $16 million to undertake upgrades on the Broome-Cape Leveque Road and associated community access roads.

Work on Roe Highway/Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Abernethy Road/Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges, and the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network, will also be accelerated with $82 million brought forward into the forward estimates.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday’s Federal Budget would deliver funding for infrastructure which supports the Government’s JobMaker plan and help Western Australia recover from COVID-19.

“We have been working closely with state and territory governments to invest in the infrastructure that is ready to go and can help rebuild our economy and create more jobs,” the Prime Minister said.

"These projects will keep commuters safe on the road, get people home to their loved ones sooner and provide better transport links for urban and regional communities.”

“As part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan we have invested an additional $1.3 billion focused on shovel-ready projects across the state.

“This latest investment will provide another boost to the local economy and is part of our plan to support an estimated 6,800 direct and indirect jobs across the state.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Government is focused on delivering priorities and boosting local jobs as part of Australia’s road to recovery.

“We will draw on local businesses to stimulate local economies through these projects,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Infrastructure means jobs, it means livelihoods, it means stronger local communities and it means building a better and more secure future for our nation.”

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the infrastructure boost across Perth and Western Australia would help provide certainty on the economic road back from the pandemic.

“Key investments across WA include $16 million for sealing and other improvements to the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra, as well as a further $16 million to upgrade Broome-Cape Leveque Road and Community Access Roads,” Mr Tudge said.

“The Australian Government will continue to invest in the WA economy in the coming years, through congestion-busting projects such as $88 million for Reid Highway Interchange – West Swan Road, as well as $70 million towards the Roe Highway Widening and Abernethy Road Upgrade.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal will re-energise Perth.

“The newly announced City Deal is all about forging partnerships across levels of government to bring investment into the CBD, creating almost 10,000 jobs while encouraging more people back into the city to create flow on economic benefits for small businesses,” Minister Cormann said.

“The Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to map the economic road back from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for business over the long term.”

Since being elected in 2013 the Liberal and Nationals Government has committed more than $15.4 billion for infrastructure in Western Australia.


New projects


Federal Funding

Total Cost

Albany Highway - Kelmscott to Williams Pavement Rehabilitation and Hotham River Bridge Replacement

$20 million

$25 million

Brand Highway (Muchea to Gingin) Pavement Rehabilitation and Widening

$20 million

$25 million

Broome-Cape Leveque Road Upgrading and Community Access Roads

$16 million

$20 million

Canning Bridge Bus Interchange

$75 million

$150 million

Freight Vehicle Productivity Improvements Program

$40 million

$50 million

Goldfields Highway (Wiluna to Meekatharra) construct and seal priority sections

$16 million

$20 million

Kenwick Intermodal Terminal

$5 million

$22 million

Kwinana and Mitchell Freeway Barrier Upgrades

$28.6 million

$57.2 million

METRONET: High Capacity Signalling

$102.3 million

$210.6 million

Perth CBD Transport Plan

$32.3 million*

$64.5 million*

Perth to Bunbury Faster Rail Corridor Investigation

$4 million

$8 million

Reid Highway Interchange - West Swan Road

$87.5 million

$175 million

Roe Highway Widening and Abernethy Road Upgrade

$70 million

$140 million

Stirling Bus Interchange

$45 million

$90 million

Wheatbelt Timber Bridge Replacement

$11.2 million

$14 million

Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) Funding Allocations



Alice Springs to Halls Creek Corridor Upgrade (WA) – Tanami Road Upgrade

$34.2 million

$42.75 million

Newman to Katherine Corridor Upgrade (WA) - Great Northern Highway Upgrade – Broome to Kununurra

$20.6 million

$25.8 million

Newman to Katherine Corridor Upgrade (WA) - Great Northern Highway Upgrade – Ord River North Section, Stage 3

$31.2 million

$39 million

Newman to Katherine Corridor Upgrade (WA) - Port Hedland Airport Deviation

$18.2 million

$36 million

Port Augusta to Perth (WA) – Coolgardie-Esperance Highway – Emu Rocks

$41.6 million

$52 million


$736.2 million

$1301.9 million

*The total Australian Government commitment for the Perth CBD Transport Plan is $47.5 million (total funding of $105 million) including other grant funding.

Additional funding


Additional Federal Funding

Total Federal Funding

Armadale Road Bridge

$17.6 million

$207.2 million

Karratha to Tom Price Corridor Upgrade

$56 million

$304 million

METRONET: Morley-Ellenbrook Line

$124.8 million

$624.8 million

Smart Freeways - Kwinana Freeway Northbound

$13.7 million

$51.3 million

Stephenson Avenue Extension

$17.5 million

$82.5 million

Thomas Road Upgrade

$15 million

$19 million

Transforming Freeways - Widen and Introduction of ITS (Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways)

$20 million

$70 million

Wanneroo and Ocean Reef Roads Grade Separation

$6.7 million

$58.6 million

Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network

$80 million

$150 million


$351.3 million

$1567.4 million


Total new funding

$1087.5 million


Media Contact(s)

Prime Minister’s office: Press Office, (02) 6277 7744
Deputy Prime Minister’s office: Jo Williamson 0418 475 668 
Finance Minister’s office: Karen Wu 0428 350 139
Minister Tudge’s office: Michael Bennett 0434 782 923