Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell
State Secures Local Government Involvement In Mid-West Road Maintenance
Victor P Taffa
An historic agreement formalised today will see six Mid-West shires involved in State road maintenance work for the next five years.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the State had reached an agreement with the shires of Coorow, Mingenew, Morawa, Mullewa, Perenjori and Three Springs which would see them share in an average of $1.5 Million worth of works each year on State roads in the region.
“The agreement, between Main Roads WA and the shires, will assist in sustaining communities in these rural areas broadening the business base of the councils and maximising the use of locally-based resources, skills and knowledge.” Mr. Buswell said.
“The benefits for Main Roads include having a locally-based workforce with a high level of local knowledge and ‘ownership’ of the road network.”
“The shires will deliver minor road improvements, some routine maintenance and litter collection across more than 640 km of State-owned roads.” Mr. Buswell said.
The Minister said the collaborative arrangement formed a model for other future agreements between the State and local Governments for the delivery of road maintenance in other regions.