In consultation with the State Recovery Advisory Group (inclusive of representatives from business, industry, not-for-profit organisations, UnionsWA, the public sector, local government and the community), the WA State Government has released a $5.5 billion recovery plan. The program aims to drive social and economic recovery across the state and create jobs for Western Australians.
WA’s recovery plan has $60 million ‘shovel-ready’ maintenance upgrades which are in addition to the $281.5 million maintenance package already announced. The projects cover construction, manufacturing, tourism, hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, agriculture, mining and conservation.
In terms of infrastructure, the WA Government is prioritising major rail and road projects across the state. Including:
- $2.3 billion Stage 1 METRONET
- $215 million Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road
- $400 million Tonkin Gap extension
- $100 million for improving 1400 kilometres of roads across WA.
- $146 million over 4 years is being invested to build 150 kilometres of cycling infrastructure
To further support WA’s recovery, the State Government hopes to unlock 18,300 construction jobs by cutting application wait times for major resource projects.
Premier Mark McGowan said WA’s strong response to the pandemic has meant confidence has returned to our economy, with major projects in the pipeline in coming years.
“As a Government, we are focused on ensuring these projects are not delayed, so we can create jobs and support the economy while maintaining high environmental and heritage standards…our resources sector is the engine room of the nation, and it’s crucial we support the sector to continue our recovery and create jobs and training opportunities for Western Australians,” he said.
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