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

Funds Flow to Reduce Kwinana Freeway Congestion

Media Release

JB018/2014

24 March 2014

Joint release with:

The Hon. Dean Nalder MLA

WA Minister for Transport and Finance

Today the Australian Government and the WA State Government each committed $31 million to jointly fund the $62 million widening of the Kwinana Freeway southbound between Roe Highway and Armadale Road in Western Australia.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the upgrade would substantially reduce congestion on Perth's major southern arterial road.

“The freeway services the southern suburbs of Perth, and links the city to the south west region of the state,” Mr Briggs said.

“The resource-rich Western Australian economy relies heavily on quality freight links, and a focus for this government is growing the economy through investing in productivity enhancing infrastructure”.

“Reducing congestion is vital to improving productivity, lowering business costs and improving the economy to create jobs”.

“This is another example of the Infrastructure Prime Minister's commitment to building a stronger and more prosperous Australia through well targeted infrastructure investment”.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the corridor between Armadale Road and the Roe Highway was currently experiencing strong traffic growth which is forecast to continue.

“The project is an investment in the future of Western Australia's transports needs and is part of a comprehensive plan to help alleviate congestion issues in and around our city,” Mr Nalder said.

“By 2025 the Fremantle Outer Harbour is expected to be in operation, increasing freight demand on the freeway. But over and above these increasing freight capacity needs, this upgrade caters for a growing population in the southern suburbs of Perth that commute each day”.

“The Australian and Western Australian governments both know the value of good infrastructure, which is why we are jointly funding this project”.

Construction works on the project are expected to commence in mid-2014 and be completed in late 2015.