State Budget boost for jobs, infrastructure and services in Cannington

10 May 2018

The McGowan Labor Government‟s State Budget continues to deliver on election
commitments in Cannington, creating jobs for Western Australians and delivering quality
health care, education and community services.

The 2018-19 Budget has a strong focus on responsible financial management, and as a
result the budget is on track to return to surplus.

We are getting on with the job of implementing the new WA Jobs Law, helping local
businesses in Cannington secure work from State Government spending.

Crucially for Cannington, planning will continue for the removal of the Wharf Street
Level Crossing. This is in keeping with the Bill Johnston and WA Labor‟s commitment
before the 2017 Election.

The McGowan Labor Government is committed to improving infrastructure and services
across Perth‟s suburbs. The Budget includes:

  • $1.6 billion project to deliver 246 new METRONET railcars over the next 10 years
  •  $394 million investment in social and affordable housing projects, in partnership with
    local industry, to complement METRONET
  • $275.8 million additional funding over the next five years towards new and upgraded
    health facilities across WA
  •  $1.2 billion investment, over four years, to build and improve WA‟s public schools
  • $181.5 million allocated from the Road Trauma Trust Account, over the next four
    years, towards roads safety initiatives
  •  $135 million over the next four years for improvements to cycling infrastructure
  • $10.3 million additional funding for preventative maintenance to refurbish older
    schools and update schools in bushfire risk areas.

Comments by Bill Johnston MLA Member for Cannington:
“There‟s no question that the Wharf Street Level Crossing is the worst in our area, which is
why I am thrilled that the planning for its removal is well underway, in keeping with my
commitment before the 2017 Election

“It‟s important that this planning is done properly and thoroughly to ensure we find a solution
that works for the long term

“We are getting on with the important projects announced in the last Budget and continuing
to invest in health and education.

„METRONET is progressing well, with the State Budget including funding to continue work
on priority rail projects, as well as improvements to roads and cycling infrastructure.

“WA‟s economy is turning the corner, confidence is returning and local jobs are being

Media contact: Joseph Stephens 9356 5011