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State commitment questioned on Albany ring road

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP has questioned the State Government’s commitment to the Albany Ring Road project, with a formal business case yet to be submitted to Infrastructure Australia.

 

Despite billions of dollars of infrastructure funding announced for Western Australia today, the Ring Road was unable to be considered.

 

A review by Infrastructure Australia is a mandatory requirement for any project involving a request for over $100m in Commonwealth funding.

 

Mr Wilson said the State Government’s lack of intent meant the Ring Road was never under consideration for the multi-billion package announced this morning.

 

“I spoke to Federal Minister’s office this morning and they confirmed that we are still yet to see a business case for this project,”he said.

 

“It’s pretty simple – the Ring Road will never be anything more than a thought bubble until the State Government submits a formal proposal for funding.

 

“The Premier and his Cabinet are fully aware of the process, and you have to question whether they really want to see this project come to fruition.

 

“It was a major election commitment from Mark McGowan to the people of Albany and, 13 months on from the State election, they haven’t even drawn up a plan as to how the Ring Road might be progressed.

 

“They know when the Federal Budget will be announced, they’re aware that the Commonwealth is considering what initiatives will be funded.

 

“The project has been listed as a priority by the RAC and we know it’s important for Albany – it really does seem as though the State Government lacks any commitment to developing the Ring Road.”

 

Commitments funded in O’Connor ahead of next month’s budget include $160 million for the Outback Way and $140 million for the Myalup-Wellington Dam project.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.