02/02/2009 - 15:44

Govt outlines capital works plan

02/02/2009 - 15:44

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The state government has officially halted work on a major new sporting stadium and museum, preferring instead to build more public housing, establish a new childrens' hospital and police complex, and extend the northern rail line.

The state government has officially halted work on a major new sporting stadium and museum, preferring instead to build more public housing, establish a new childrens' hospital and police complex, and extend the northern rail line.

At a press conference this afternoon, Premier Colin Barnett said that in the current economic environment, the state could not afford a new stadium, saying the existing Subiaco Oval will have to do for now.

He said the government will revisit the stadium development in another two years, depending on global economic conditions.

Additionally the $500 million development of the East Perth museum has been scrapped, with Mr Barnett saying the state would benefit from a redevelopment of the adjacent Perth Cultural Centre.

He added that the current Francis St building housing the museum would be redeveloped.

Another priority of the government is to build a new children's hospital, with the QE2 building as the likely site with the health department to immediately start proceeding with the development.

The new hospital will replace Princess Margaret Hospital and the development will be separate from planned expansions at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

The government also plans to build 100 new schools at a cost of $300 million.

Meantime the northern suburb rail line will be extended to Butler and Brighton and the $113 million Northbridge police complex will go ahead, with development to start almost immediately.

The $300 million plan for the start of the Perth foreshore redevelopment has also been scrapped.

"However we will proceed with a foreshore redevelopment, not on that same scale but a more tasteful and more appropriate development in keeping with the nature of Perth as a city," Mr Barnett said.

The previous government had proposed to use taxpayer money to fund the development however Mr Barnett said new plan will be funded by the private sector.

In addition, the government plans to build more than 1000 new homes at a cost of $316 million in Perth and regional WA.

Funds will come from future budgets with $116 million to be spent on social housing and $200 million from the royalties to regions scheme.

Around 459 houses will be built in regional WA for government employees while some 550 will be constructed in the metropolitan area.

Mr Barnett said a more detailed review of the capital works plan will be released in the state budget in May.

He added that the government remained confident of federal government support for the state's $3.8 billion Infrastructure Australia program, which includes major projects such as the Northbridge Link, the Oakajee port, and expansion of the Ord River.

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