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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Planning underway for remaining sections of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road

Media Release

DC303/2017

10 October 2017

Joint release with:

Nola Marino

Federal Member for Forrest

  • The Australian Government has committed $10 million and the Western Australian Government has committed $2.5 million towards planning of Stages 2 and 3 of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road
  • Project to provide more efficient freight access to the Bunbury Port and reduce congestion on the local road network
  • Up to 15,000 vehicles a day will use various sections of the Outer Ring Road

Planning is underway for the next two stages of a project to improve the efficiency of heavy vehicles accessing the Port of Bunbury in Western Australia.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government’s $10 million investment towards the $12.5 million planning phase of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road project would provide the community with route certainty.

“This funding will be used to finalise the alignment, which extends from the Bussell Highway to the Forrest Highway with the primary focus on facilitating more efficient access for freight vehicles visiting Bunbury’s port and industrial centres,” Mr Chester said.

“This project is in line with the innovative developments the Australian Government will be backing over the next 10 years through its $75 billion national major infrastructure projects.”

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said Stage 2 would likely involve construction of a southern section of road between South Western Highway (south) and Bussell Highway.

“Stage 3 is expected to extend from the Boyannup-Picton Road to the Forrest Highway,” Mrs Marino said.

“Once completed, it is estimated that around 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles a day will make use of various sections of the Outer Ring Road, rather than the already congested existing road network.”

The funding builds on the Australian Government’s previous commitment of $105.4 million to deliver Stage 1 of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road and the Bunbury Port Access Road, which was completed in 2014.

The Australian Government is contributing $10 million and the Western Australian Government $2.5 million toward the Bunbury Outer Ring Road planning project.