23/03/2018 - 12:23

Perth Freight Link cost $140m+

23/03/2018 - 12:23

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More than $140 million was spent on the cancelled Perth Freight Link project, the state government has revealed.

The Roe 8 project faced significant opposition from activists opposed to the road being directed through Beeliar Wetlands. Photo: Attila Csaszar

More than $140 million was spent on the cancelled Perth Freight Link project, the state government has revealed.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson told parliament last week the total expenditure included $84 million of finalisation costs for the two Roe Highway projects.

That money had been included in the budget, with $23.5 million finalising what would’ve been the Roe 9 tunnel and a $60.6 million spend on Roe 8.

However, there were additional costs, Mr Dawson said.

About $39 million was spent on an upgrade to Roe Highway between Tonkin Highway and Orrong Road, close to the budgeted amount, and $20 million was spent by Main Roads on other assets including environmental offsets and equipment.

In May last year, the McGowan government said the cost of abandoning the project would be $85 million, with more than half of that written off.

The Barnett government had originally expected to spend about $450 million on the project, with a further $1.2 billion of cash from the federal government.

Most of the state’s money has been reallocated to a range of projects, including the Armadale Road bridge in Cockburn.

The federal government’s share of the project was reallocated to Metronet, although Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has made an additional $1.2 billion available as a contingent liability in the budget for a future freight link project to proceed.

Business News reported in February that proponents of an outer harbour development were keen to use that funding to upgrade road links into Kwinana.

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