Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Funding For Road Upgrades In The Mid-West
Victor P Taffa
- Four Mid-West roads to share in $46.1 Million
- $20.8 Million allocation from Royalties for Regions, through MWIP
- Safer Country Roads initiative
Roads in the Mid-West will benefit from State Government investment of $46.1 Million through the Safer Country Roads initiative.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls today announced more than $40 Million would be shared between two major road improvement projects.
Speaking in Geraldton, Mr. Buswell said the Government had approved an immediate three-year program to fund upgrades to the Wubin-Mullewa Road between Perenjori and Morawa, as well as various sections of Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra.
These two major projects would be funded equally by the Government’s Royalties for Regions program and Main Roads Western Australia.
“A total of $21.6 Million will be spent on the Perenjori to Morawa section of the Wubin-Mullewa Road to complete the upgrade of the entire link from single-lane seal width to two-lane seal width, allowing for a safer mix of heavy and light vehicles, including local and tourist traffic.” Mr. Buswell said.
“A further $20 Million will be allocated to the construction and sealing of passing opportunities and floodways between Wiluna and Meekatharra on Goldfields Highway. This 180 km section of highway is predominantly gravel-sheeted with limited sealed passing opportunities.”
“This major funding allocation reaffirms the Government’s commitment to maintaining and further improving this vital road link between the Wiluna and Meekatharra communities. It also promotes the development of the intermodal transport terminal at Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a hub for freight from the east, servicing the Pilbara and Mid-West regions.”
Mr. Grylls said the funding for both road improvement projects was identified in the Mid West Investment Plan (MWIP).
“Royalties for Regions funding of $220 Million has been allocated over five years to assist in the implementation of the MWIP’s major infrastructure projects and initiatives.” Mr. Grylls said.
“These include its highest priority projects that have been identified as essential to the Mid-West region.”
“Projects funded under the MWIP will provide a substantial economic stimulus to the region and potentially generate employment opportunities for local businesses in the planning and construction phases.”
The two road infrastructure projects relate to the rapid growth of the Mid-West resources sector; the proposed PortLink Project; the expanding road freight volume; and associated increase in traffic numbers within the region.
The road upgrades will provide significant benefits for local communities, including supporting the safe and efficient movement of users and freight along these two strategic regional corridors.
The two other Mid-West projects to be funded through Safer Country Roads are a $3.5 Million upgrade to the Bunjil-Carnamah Road to accommodate 36.5 m road trains and $1 Million to widen the seal on Indian Ocean Drive.
- Safer Country Roads funded by Safer Roads; Local Roads; Royalties for Regions; and the Road Trauma Trust Account among other State Govt groups
- Construction on major Wubin to Mullewa Road and Goldfields Highway projects start 2012-13; completion expected 2014-15