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The McGowan Government wants funding from the national rail program to fund Metronet projects, including the new Morley-Ellenbrook line. File picture

State out to get more rail money

THE McGowan Government is vowing to pursue rail infrastructure money through the Federal Government’s national rail program.

Last week Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said Western Australia was yet to get its fair share of infrastructure funding and the government would be fighting for Western Australia to get its fair quota of the $10 billion national rail program funding announced in the Federal Budget on Tuesday, May 9.

Ms Saffioti said at the last election, the people of Western Australia gave a clear mandate for the construction of Metronet to service Perth’s growing suburbs and deliver thousands of new jobs.

“The Federal Government recently agreed to reallocate some of the existing funding from the Perth Freight Link project for Metronet projects.

The McGowan Government wants funding from the national rail program to fund Metronet projects, including the new Morley-Ellenbrook line, the removal of dangerous level crossings, the starting of the Circle Line, linking Thornlie to Cockburn, extension of the Joondalup line to Yanchep and extension of the Armadale line to Byford.

“Now that the Federal Government has realised the importance of trains and public transport, it is time they get behind Western Australia’s plan for Metronet,’’ she said.

“Metronet is a transformational project that will revitalise parts of the city and create better connections to jobs, education and essential services.

“It’s time WA got its fair share of infrastructure, we have the projects and they deserve funding – it’s time for the Federal Government to take Western Australia seriously.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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