Long-awaited Infrastructure WA to develop 20-year plan for major projects

The Western Australian (WA) government will this week be handed legislation for a new statutory authority that will advise the state on the most important infrastructure projects to embark on.

Infrastructure WA will help the government lay out a 20-year infrastructure strategy and is intended to remove politics from decision-making by providing ‘independent advice’ to the state on major projects.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said Infrastructure WA would help develop a pipeline of investment, provide business certainty and create long-term, secure jobs.

“In the past, governments have been too short-sighted and only focused on the election cycle,” he said.

“This lack of co-ordinated strategic planning has at times led to poor decision-making and
resulted in costly project delays or cancellations.

“The state infrastructure strategy will build on our existing infrastructure plans for the state,
including the first stages of Metronet, and outline a vision over a 20-year horizon.”

However, critics of Infrastructure WA have labelled it a ‘toothless tiger’, due to the fact that the government can choose to accept the committee’s advise or ignore it.