Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The future is ‘ROSI’ for key WA road corridors

Media Release

SB005/2018

26 October 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina

Senator the Hon Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Senator for Queensland

The Hon Melissa Price MP

Federal Member for the Durack
Federal Member for Wright

The Coalition Government will sit down with key stakeholders in Broome next Monday to gauge how to best link communities and essential services through the 10-year, $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said $1.5 billion was earmarked for key corridors across northern Australia to improve road reliability, better connect industry to markets and provide improved access for communities.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is engaging directly with key stakeholders, including industry, to ensure our major investments under ROSI are targeted to maximise benefits to industry and communities across the North,” Mr McCormack said.   

“The Northern Australia ROSI will deliver upgrades to key corridors across Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory to support major freight movements and better connect businesses to markets and export facilities such as ports and airports.

“Specifically, works likely to be funded include sealing, flood immunity improvements, road strengthening and widening, pavement rehabilitation, bridge and culvert upgrades and road realignments.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said priorities funded through the $1.5 billion Northern Australia ROSI would build on the important upgrades already progressing under the Northern Australia Roads Program and the Beef Roads Program.

“The Northern Australia ROSI will provide a direct economic boost by improving links between regional communities to ensure that they have reliable access to essential services including healthcare and education,” Senator Canavan said.

“The upgrades will also support increased economic activity by improving access to the many fantastic tourist sites the North has to offer.

“These investments will build on those projects already committed to by the Coalition Government, including replacing the Bow River Bridge, and upgrades on the Great Northern Highway between Ord and Turkey Creek and Maggie Creek and Wyndham, in addition to works on the Marble Bar Road (Coongan Gorge) and the Broome-Cape Leveque Road.”

Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport Scott Buchholz will be attending the meeting to hear first-hand from those who matter most.

“The key part of getting the best bang for the taxpayers’ buck through our ROSI investment is of course the industry and stakeholder engagement we are undertaking right now,” Mr Buchholz said.

“The identification of corridors would also be informed by an analysis of data from sources including the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) and CSIRO.

“Once we have worked through the data analysis and consultation processes, the Government will determine key corridors to be funded under the ROSI – Northern Australia Package and will work with state, territory and local governments to progress and deliver the package.

“The allocation of funding will be informed by an evidence-based approach that identifies corridors of greatest need in terms of existing deficiencies and freight demand patterns.” Mr Buchholz said.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said she was pleased principles had been released to help prioritise investments and ensure funding would be directed at improving road reliability, better connect communities and improve road safety.

“The stakeholder consultations across Northern Australia are particularly important for my Durack electorate constituents to be engaged in, so local knowledge can help inform federal solutions,” Ms said.

Stakeholder sessions will be held from 29 - 31 October 2018 in Broome, Darwin and Townsville.

Funding under the package will be available over 10 years from 2018-19.