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 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

More upgrades on the way for Great Northern Highway

Media Release

DC279/2017

19 September 2017

Joint release with:

Rita Saffioti

WA Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands

Christian Porter

Minister for Social Services Federal Member for Pearce

Melissa Price

Federal Member for Durack

  • Federal funding approved for three more sections totalling 37.6 kilometres
  • Commonwealth and State Governments collaborate to improve WA freight network
  • Works will boost safety and increase efficiency for road trains, as part of a $344.75 million strategy to upgrade the Muchea to Wubin corridor

Works to improve the Great Northern Highway are rolling on, with the Australian Government approving $105.34 million to upgrade a three section, 37.6-kilometre length of the road between Muchea and Wubin

The Western Australian Government will contribute $26.34 million to the $131.68 million project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said improving safety and freight productivity on the highway was a major priority of the Australian Government's significant investment in Western Australian infrastructure.

“The Australian Government has committed $275.8 million in total to upgrade the Muchea to Wubin corridor, keeping economically crucial regional areas connected to Perth by enabling safer, more efficient passage of road trains,” Mr Chester said.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the latest works would upgrade three priority sections around Muchea North, Pithara and Miling.

“The works will include widening and new overtaking lanes, as well as bypasses and other realignments. Together, these upgrades will improve traffic safety and efficiency for our freight operators by better separating cars and trucks, and upgrading the highway to current design standards,” Ms Saffioti said.

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the works, which are part of the Australian Government's $75 billion infrastructure investment program, were just the latest to be undertaken as part of a jointly funded strategy to upgrade the corridor.

“Federal funding has already contributed to priority upgrades between Batty Bog Road and Walebing, the Miling Straight Realignment and the Bindoon Bypass Preconstruction. The Government has also previously invested in important upgrades such as the New Norcia Bypass and works between Bindi Bindi and Lyons East Roads,” Mr Porter said.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said once all upgrades were complete, road trains would be able to travel almost 220 kilometres closer to Perth, decoupling their loads in Muchea.

“Completing the corridor strategy will deliver a high-standard freight route from just north of Wubin to Muchea, where a new road train assembly area will be built, and around Perth, ultimately connecting with NorthLink WA and Gateway WA, and offering a boost to industry sectors that rely on freight,” Ms Price said.

Construction on the latest sections is expected to start by early 2018 and is due for completion by June 2019, weather permitting.

For more information on the Australian Government's $75 billion infrastructure investment program, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au.