$2bn of new projects in question

ALMOST $2 billion worth of new infrastructure projects planned by the former Labor government may yet be shelved, as the newly-elected minority Liberal government attempts to meet the terms laid down by its alliance partner, the Nationals. Among the projects most likely to be scrapped, or at least significantly scaled down, is the $1.1 billion multi-purpose sports stadium at Kitchener Park. Premier-elect Colin Barnett has indicated he would instead support a refurbishment of Subiaco Oval as originally advocated by the WA Football Commission. Also facing the chopping block is the proposed relocation of the museum to the East Perth Power Station – a move which would cost the government $500 million. Mr Barnett has also suggested he would support a ‘watered down’, smaller-scale version of the $350 million foreshore redevelopment. The Liberal Party has argued that most of the state’s major capital works will be delivered simultaneously under the current timeframe, which is unrealistic given the state’s labour shortage and rising construction costs. Mr Barnett has also declared that Royal Perth Hospital will be retained as a trauma facility, supported by legislation that will prevent any future government from closing the tertiary hospital unless approved by parliament

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