$7.17 million to keep Indigenous communities connected
27 March 2015
Joint release with:
Federal Member for O'Connor
Federal Member for Durack
Vital access to Indigenous communities across Western Australia is being secured with the Australian Government funding upgrades to 22 access roads.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said a portion of Western Australia's Roads to Recovery funding was reserved specifically for Indigenous access roads.
“On these roads funding goes a long way and can be the difference between driving or flying people, services and supplies into remote communities,” Mr Truss said.
“Keeping roads open to our remote Indigenous communities is extremely important for safety and to connect communities with key services such as healthcare, employment and education.”
Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson said the funding demonstrated the importance this Government places on giving every Australian access to infrastructure.
“The roads to Indigenous communities in our remote areas endure the most extreme conditions, varying from severe wet weather to prolonged dry periods, which can rapidly destroy road surfaces,” Mr Wilson said.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said work would start this year on the programme, with $7.17 million to be provided to 22 Indigenous access roads over five years, spread over the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne and Central Desert.
“The investments vary depending on the road, with some like the long Tanami Track receiving larger investments to keep the route in the best condition possible, and the road to Yandeyarra receiving a major improvement to the river crossing,” Ms Price said.
A full list of projects to be funded is attached.
|Roads to Recovery Indigenous Access Roads Programme |
2014–15 to 2018–19
|Local Government Area||Project Location |
|Project Description||Maximum Funding Amount that the Commonwealth may Contribute||Year|
|Broome||Cape Leveque||Second coat seal||270,000||2014–15|
|Camballin Myrooda||Construct and gravel and construct floodway||33,000||2017–18|
|Construct and gravel||200,000||2017–18|
|Camballin||Construct and gravel intersection||70,000||2018–19|
|East Pilbara||Punmu Access||Construct and gravel||315,000||2014–15|
|Kiwirrkurra Access||Construct and gravel||315,000||2015–16|
|Talawana Track||Construct and gravel||375,000||2015–16|
|Jiggalong||Construct and gravel||240,000||2015–16|
|Kunawarritji||Construct and gravel||340,000||2014–15|
|Desert Road||Construct and gravel||450,000||2014–15|
|Halls Creek||Tanami||Improve formation||500,000
($100,000 per year)
|Balgo Mission||Improve drainage||90,000||2018–19|
|Lake Gregory||Improve drainage||80,000||2018–19|
|Trans Access||Lower crests||420,000||2016–17|
|Laverton||Great Central||Construct and gravel||640,000
($320,000 per year)
|Menzies||Tjuntjuntjarra Access||Improve formation||180,000||2015–16|
|Ngaanyatjarraku||Great Central||Construct and gravel, including 2 floodways||650,000||2015–16|
|Construct and gravel including floodways||600,000
($350,000 yr 1
$250,000 yr 2)
|Giles Mulga Park||Construct and gravel low sections||380,000
($150,000 yr 1
$230,000 yr 2)
|Port Hedland||Yandeyarra||Major crossing improvements and construct and gravel||80,000
($60,000 yr 1
$20,000 yr 2)
|Upper Gascoyne||Landor Mt Augustus||Cement stabilize 2 creek crossings and gravel 5.8 km||200,000
($40,000 per year)
|Construct and gravel||740,000
($148,000 per year)