Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Metronet to provide injection of jobs

Labor Statement

WA Labor's eight-year, $3.8billion METRONET priority program will create nearly 4,000 jobs, either directly employed or in associated supply businesses during its construction phase, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"METRONET will not just be good for our transport system, it will be good for our whole economy," Mr McGowan said.

"METRONET will require civil construction work including 75 kilometres of track work, construction of new stations and bridges, park and ride facilities, and associated earthworks.

"Building the rail system will also require the installation of the overhead power systems, signaling systems, as well as ballast and sleepers.

"Based on job creation figures for rail projects elsewhere in Australia, METRONET is estimated to create at least 2,000 jobs during its construction.

"These jobs will be created over an eight year period through METRONET's priority program, which includes building the Perth Airport line, Ellenbrook line, North Circle line, sections of the South Circle line and the Circle Freeway."

Mr McGowan said the flow-on jobs estimated to be created by the METRONET priority program included about 1,900 jobs in businesses supplying the project with concrete, steel, pylons, hardware and other materials.

"These jobs will have a multiplying effect across the Western Australian economy," he said.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor would seek to maximise the amount of local companies involved in the project and ensure that as much work as possible would be kept within the Western Australian economy.

"METRONET will tackle Perth's congestion crisis which, according to a survey by the RAC and Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, is costing WA businesses up to $20,000 each per year," he said.

"Commuters will spend less time stuck in traffic and more time at leisure and with their families.

"Western Australian businesses will also benefit through increased productivity.

"There are about 220,000 small and medium businesses in Western Australia, with around 60 per cent of those located in the metropolitan area.

"If those businesses save even $5,000 per year from the estimated $20,000 per year congestion is costing them, the savings to WA businesses would be a massive $660million per year.

"This is yet another example of how a McGowan Government will broaden our State's economy to create jobs for the future."

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