WA Recovery: Infrastructure

Find out how we’re driving major infrastructure projects to generate jobs, stimulate the economy and connect communities across Western Australia.

Last updated: 16 December 2020 at 11.40am

Road and rail projects keeping us moving

We’re prioritising major road and rail projects across the state.

The construction of METRONET and associated program of works is the largest single investment ever in public transport in WA.

METRONET will connect suburbs, reduce congestion, support local jobs and bolster our economic recovery.

We are accelerating major road projects and enhancing road safety through projects such as:

  • $215 million Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road
  • $400 million Tonkin Gap extension
  • $100 million for improving 1400 kilometres of roads across WA.

These projects will stimulate local economies and create local jobs under the Buy Local Policy and the Western Australian Jobs Act.

Furthermore, $146 million over 4 years is being invested to build 150 kilometres of cycling infrastructure.

Community infrastructure supporting physical and mental health

Promoting positive mental and physical health and connecting with the community is critical to recovery.

To help Western Australians stay active and healthy, we’re investing in building, upgrading and maintaining sporting and community facilities.

A $159 million Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund is supporting not-for-profit arts, sports, community and recreational organisations. This is helping them to keep their staff employed, and develop new ways of working.

A $12 million Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund has been fast-tracked so not-for-profit groups can improve local sporting facilities. Annual and forward planning applications for grants of up to $2 million close in September 2020.

$4.65 million in funding has also been brought forward for state sporting associations to maintain and upgrade grounds and club buildings.

Schools equipping us for a stronger future

We’re building high quality metropolitan and regional public schools to equip young people for their future careers, including investing in new and upgraded facilities for secondary schools.

We’re delivering new early learning centres to areas in WA experiencing high population growth, as well as secondary schools such as Bob Hawke College in Subiaco, Hedland Senior High School and a new secondary school in Piara Waters.

$60 million maintenance blitz

To create immediate jobs for skilled workers and boost local construction, we’re undertaking a $60 million maintenance blitz to maintain public assets, such as police and fire stations. These works will help local communities improve sporting venues, and build and upgrade facilities to help vulnerable people. This expands on the $281.5 million maintenance package to fix schools and hospitals already announced.

Page reviewed 16 December 2020