$7.17 million to keep Indigenous communities connected

Media Release

WT090/2015

27 March 2015

Joint release with:

Rick Wilson

Federal Member for O'Connor

Melissa Price

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.

Attachment A

Roads to Recovery Indigenous Access Roads Programme
2014–15 to 2018–19
Local Government AreaProject Location
– Road
Project DescriptionMaximum Funding Amount that the Commonwealth may ContributeYear
Broome Cape Leveque Second coat seal 270,000 2014–15
Derby West
Kimberley
Camballin Myrooda Construct and gravel and construct floodway 33,000 2017–18
  Calwynyardah
Noonkanbah
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)
2014–15 to
2018–19
  Balgo Mission Improve drainage 90,000 2018–19
  Lake Gregory Improve drainage 80,000 2018–19
Kalgoorlie
Boulder
Trans Access Lower crests 420,000 2016–17
Laverton Great Central Construct and gravel 640,000
($320,000 per year)
2015–16 to
2016–17
Menzies Tjuntjuntjarra Access Improve formation 180,000 2015–16
Ngaanyatjarraku Great Central Construct and gravel, including 2 floodways 650,000 2015–16
  Warburton
Blackstone
Construct and gravel including floodways 600,000
($350,000 yr 1
$250,000 yr 2)
2014–15 to
2015–16
  Giles Mulga Park Construct and gravel low sections 380,000
($150,000 yr 1
$230,000 yr 2)
2015–16 to
2016–17
Port Hedland Yandeyarra Major crossing improvements and construct and gravel 80,000
($60,000 yr 1
$20,000 yr 2)
2014–15 to
2015–16
Upper Gascoyne Landor Mt Augustus Cement stabilize 2 creek crossings and gravel 5.8 km 200,000
($40,000 per year)
2014–15 to
2018–19
Wyndham East
Kimberley
Gibb River
Kulumburu
Construct and gravel 740,000
($148,000 per year)
2014–15 to
2018–19