Turnbull commits to Romeo Rd freeway extension

Pearce MHR Christian Porter says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull infrastructure package will create a lot of jobs in the Pearce electorate.

THE Turnbull Government has announced it will give the McGowan Government $108 million towards the extension of the Mitchell Fwy to Romeo Rd.

On Friday, April 27 the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and premier Mark McGowan have also signed a memorandum of understanding to negotiate a Perth city deal during the next 12 months.

The cost of extending the Mitchell Fwy from Hester Ave to Romeo Rd has been estimated to cost $215m and final rail or road project costs would be determined as part of business case developments.

In a joint statement Mr Turnbull and Mr McGowan said the funding for the Romeo Rd extension was part of a $3.2 billion federal government package for new infrastructure in Western Australia.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the infrastructure package would provide a major boost to WA’s economy, with many thousands of jobs expected to be created during construction and a significant amount in Pearce.

“The commitment follows on from last year’s agreement on a $2.3 billion package demonstrating our commitment to providing better infrastructure in WA,’’ he said.

The joint statement said in this year’s Budget, the Turnbull Government would commit a further $1.05 billion federal investment towards Metronet.

“This means total federal funding towards Metronet will now exceed $1.84b,’’ the statement said.

“The city deal is designed to leverage the transformative investment in Metronet to deliver city shaping reforms in the areas of land use planning, housing release and affordable housing and smart infrastructure.’’