A cash boost to an existing Perth city deal between the federal and West Australian governments will help construction work start sooner, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.
The additional funding for the multi-billion-dollar deal between the two governments was announced on Thursday during Mr Morrison’s first visit to the state since its border restrictions ended.
Both governments will provide an extra $49 million will go towards upgrades to Edith Cowan University and an extra $25 million for the new Swan River Bridge.
The federal government had already committed $245 million for ECU and $25 million for the bridge.
This means the total value of the Perth city deal is $1.69 billion, including funding for Perth cultural attractions, a CBD transport plan and Curtin University.
Mr Morrison said the additional funding will address construction and labour market issues, allow design improvements, and enable more manufacturing work to be done locally.
“This injection into the Perth city deal means boots on the ground and tradies on site even sooner, with major works expected to start later this year,” he said.