It’s not always easy to understand what’s in the Budget so we’ve done the work for you. We’ve put together a five minute guide of what’s in, what’s out and what that means for people moving around the State.

What’s in?

  • $49 million for the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transport project
  • $145 million for a dual carriageway on Armadale Road
  • Public transport fares increase by an average of 3% per year over the past three years (no increase for concession fares)
  • Increase in registration fees of 2.45%
  • Funding for the RAC Rescue Helicopters, managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Introduction of the No Fault Compulsory Third Party Insurance scheme
  • $5 million for road safety in the Wheatbelt
  • Investment in tourism

What’s out?

  • A coordinated and strategic transport plan
  • Long term funding for projects in the Traffic Congestion Management Program
  • Enough funding to make the Perth Light Rail project a reality
  • The Thornlie Rail Line Extension
  • Sustained funding for cycling infrastructure
  • Funding beyond the next for the Regional Run Off program
  • $72 million unallocated in the Road Trauma Trust Account in 15/16
  • Sustained investment in technology solutions to squeeze more out of existing infrastructure

This year’s State Budget has highlighted the urgent need for a transport plan to be released to guide infrastructure priorities, manage congestion, invest in regional transport and roads, and deliver more mobility options for Western Australians.

RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs, Will Golsby, said the transport network desperately needs innovative solutions to make existing networks work harder, faster and more efficiently.

“Our members need choice and they need options. Western Australians need to be able to move around our state easily, safely and sustainably,” Mr Golsby said.

Read the full RAC’s State Budget Submission 16-17 and media release online.