October 24, 2017
No business cases received for Metronet projects
Infrastructure Australia has not received business cases for any part of Metronet, despite an announcement two months ago by the State Government that cases had been submitted for both the Yanchep and Thornlie lines.
Shadow Transport Minister Liza Harvey said the August 21 joint media statement by Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti were directly contradicted in Federal Parliament yesterday.
“In Senate Estimates Committee, an Infrastructure Australia officer said no business cases had been received for either project,” Ms Harvey said.
“The officer went further to say no business case had been received for any part of the rail network the State Government promised at the March election.
“Either the Premier and Transport Minister don’t understand what a business case is or they are being deliberately misleading and the public needs to know why.”
On the Infrastructure Australia website the only WA project listed as currently having a business case under assessment is the Myalup-Wellington Water Project.
Ms Harvey said the public should rightly be concerned about both the Government’s commitment to Metronet and the lack of transparency around the project.
“Not only has the State Government failed to fund most of the network in its forward estimates, committing a paltry $20 million for the Ellenbrook line, it has failed to do the necessary legwork to ensure the project will qualify for Federal funding,” Ms Harvey said.
“The Opposition supports construction of both the Yanchep and Thornlie lines but a business case is the first step to ensuring the projects are managed and executed in the most efficient way.”
Ms Harvey said it was concerning the Government had closed tender submissions for detailed work on the projects without any evidence that a business case existed.
“It is clear the McGowan Government has not done its due diligence, but what is not clear is what the motivation was for inviting media to Thornlie Train Station two months ago to announce something that was clearly not true,” she said.
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