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ALP want to build stadium in Subiaco (sport)
ALP want to build stadium in Subiaco (sport)

The Burswood sports stadium would be moved to Subiaco, a new museum deferred and money allocated to the Oakajee project reallocated to pay for Labor's $3.8 billion Metronet transport plan, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"To build Metronet we need to make some tough decisions and reprioritise other projects on the Barnett Government’s books,” Mr McGowan said.

“These decisions include moving the proposed new sports stadium from the Burswood site to Kitchener Park at Subiaco, re-allocating taxpayers’ money identified for the Oakajee project and deferring the new museum project."

Mr McGowan said a Subiaco stadium could be built in the same timeframe but with a saving of $300 million.

Mr McGowan said using the savings and money allocated in existing budgets, over the forward estimates, WA Labor had identified nearly $1 billion to pay for Metronet.

“Metronent will be fully funded from existing allocations over the forward estimates,” Mr McGowan said.

A Labor government would also scrap the Roe 8 highway extension and the Barnett Government's commitment to the MAX light rail project.

“There will be people who won’t like the proposed sports stadium being moved from Burswood to Kitchener Park, however when all factors are taken into consideration, Burswood is the wrong site for the project," Mr McGowan said.

“It is significantly more expensive, it is hampered by extremely limited public transport options, inadequate parking options and no capacity to hold big weeknight and Friday night games.

“It also delivers thousands of men and women to the State’s casino rather than the small businesses of Subiaco and Leederville.

“Kitchener Park is located right near a major precinct of restaurants, cafes and bars, numerous road arteries and existing train stations. It makes logical sense.

“We can build the same new stadium in the same timeframe as Burswood, save $300 million and ease congestion across Perth’s suburbs by building Metronet.”