Federal election: Labor vows to continue investing in WA infrastructure if it wins

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Federal shadow transport minister Catherine King, left, in Canning Vale with State transport minister Rita Saffioti.
Camera IconFederal shadow transport minister Catherine King, left, in Canning Vale with State transport minister Rita Saffioti. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Federal Labor has vowed to work as closely with the McGowan Government as the Federal Coalition government has done to help deliver infrastructure projects if it wins the upcoming election.

Shadow infrastructure minister Catherine King said she would “absolutely” continue the good relationship WA had fostered with Scott Morrison’s government, which has seen billions of dollars poured into Metronet.

Ms King was joined by WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti in the Tangney electorate to announce $35 million towards easing congestion around the Nicholson Road and Garden Street roundabout in Canning Vale.

The road has the third highest crash rate in the State and has been described as a nightmare in peak hour.

Ms Saffioti said a small flyover would be built to allow people to bypass the roundabout — which would also accommodate pedestrians and cyclist.

She said consultation would need to be undertaken with the council and local community before works could get underway.

Federal shadow transport minister Catherine King was joined by WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to announce $35 million towards easing congestion around the Nicholson Road and Garden Street in Canning Vale.
Camera IconFederal shadow transport minister Catherine King was joined by WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to announce $35 million towards easing congestion around the Nicholson Road and Garden Street in Canning Vale. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Ms Saffioti — whose Government will match the $35 million commitment — said it would take two years of planning and an additional two years to deliver.

She said she would also ask the Morrison Government for a similar commitment.

“We’ll ask both sides, but today there’s a commitment from the Albanese Opposition,” Ms Saffioti said.

Ms King said was looking forward to getting the opportunity to work with Ms Saffioti.

“Rita and I have known each other for almost 20 years ... that relationship is strong,” Ms King said.

“I’ve watched Rita and the incredible work the McGowan Government has been doing, particularly public transport, road infrastructure, bringing manufacturing of trains back here in WA which fits perfectly with the Albanese announcement around a national rail plan.”

Tangney, which had boundary changes at the Federal redistribution in 2021, will see Labor candidate Sam Lim and the Liberal’s Ben Morton fight for the traditionally blue-ribbon seat.

Recent polling has shown the Liberals may be at-risk of losing their seat.

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