The McGowan Government continues to build on their successful Plan for Jobs after investing $4.1 billion in METRONET job-creating projects as part of the 2019-20 State Budget.
The record investment in the congestion-busting METRONET includes the Yanchep Rail Extension, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line and the removal of dangerous level crossings.
The State Government secured more than $2 million in Commonwealth funding for METRONET, which will allow a number of METRONET priority projects to get underway later this year.
Almost $38 million from the State Budget will go towards the building of 246 new METRONET railcars, as part of a 10-year program worth $1.6 billion. The successful tenderer to build the new railcars is expected to be announced later this year. This will include construction of the new manufacturing facility at Bellevue.
The Railcar Program has been identified as a Strategic Project under the WA Jobs Act 2017, which has additional requirements for local job creation. With a target of 50 per cent local content for the manufacturing of the new trains, this project will bolster the local manufacturing industry and maximise WA jobs.
METRONET is expected to create thousands of jobs for Western Australians, which highlights the State Government’s commitment to creating more opportunities for local workers and businesses on the back of the implementation of the Jobs Law in 2018.
A number of job-creating initiatives for Western Australians in the Budget also continues the Government’s vision for jobs which it took to the 2017 State Election.
Since the State Election, more than than 37,000 Western Australian jobs have been created which strengthens the Government’s commitment to creating local jobs across a range of industries.
The State Government’s changes to Keystart's first home buyers scheme will see the construction of hundreds of new homes, delivering a boost to the local construction industry and generating new WA jobs.