After eight months in Government WA Labor still have not submitted critical business cases to Infrastructure Australia for any part of Metronet, despite the Premier issuing a media statement in August claiming he had.
In a recent Senate Estimates Committee, Infrastructure Australia said no business cases had been received for any part of the rail network that formed the core commitment of the Labor Party’s election campaign in March.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said that he is again disappointed but not surprised that the State Labor Government continue to mislead the West Australian public about Metronet.
“There are two major Metronet projects that affect the people of my electorate – Ellenbrook Rail and Yanchep Rail,” Mr Porter said.
“No money was allocated in the State Budget for the construction of Ellenbrook Rail despite promises of it beginning in 2019 and despite the Federal Liberal team having secured the lion’s share of funding for both the Yanchep and Thornlie Metronet projects.
“It now seems that progress on Yanchep Rail is being threatened because Labor still have not submitted the critical business case.
“In August, Mark McGowan and Rita Saffioti jointly announced that the business case for Yanchep Rail had been submitted to Infrastructure Australia.
“On 31 October 2017, Butler MLA John Quigley told the North Coast Times that the first Metronet project would be rail from Butler to Yanchep and the business case was in Canberra.
“Statements are being made by the WA Labor State Government about Metronet that are simply not true.
“The submission of a business case to Infrastructure Australia is critical to ensure that the Yanchep Rail project is managed and executed in the most efficient way – this is necessary legwork to ensure that the project qualifies for federal funding.
“The WA Labor State Ministers either don’t know if businesses cases have been submitted or they are deliberating misleading the public.”
The Federal Liberal Government has already committed $792 million to Metronet projects, almost double what WA Labor was seeking from the Commonwealth to make Metronet happen.
On the Infrastructure Australia website the only WA project listed as currently having a business case under assessment is the Myalup – Wellington Water Project.