TRANSPORT Minister Troy Buswell has maintained the Government’s commitment to building Roe 8, amid Opposition claims of a broken election promise and no funding allocated in the 2012-13 State Budget for the embattled road.
Riverton Labor candidate Hannah Beazley last week said that the Government had committed to building the Roe 8 extension during its 2008 election campaign.
“This was a major election commitment back in 2008… that bulldozers would be turning up the ground before the next election,” she said.
“But with no funding in this budget or in the forward estimates, this won’t happen.”
Despite highlighting the lack of funding, Ms Beazley said she was still opposed to the development.
Mr Buswell said the Government was waiting on the outcome of an Environment Protection Authority assessment, expected later this year or early 2013, before funding the project.
“The cost of the project will be dependent on the outcomes of this process, as design changes may be required.
“Once approvals have been obtained, government will work through the investment decision,” he said.
South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren said she was relieved to see no money had been set aside, but that she would not “rest easy” until the road had been removed from the Metropolitan Regional Scheme.
“There are other avenues for them to come up with the money, such as the mid-year review,” she said.
Ms MacLaren said she “wouldn’t mind” if the Government did break an election promise in reneging on the road.
“They may have made a promise – but I wouldn’t mind if they updated their world view to respond to challenges in our transport network and take into account our fragile environment.”