'Greater' Northern Highway on the way in WA's Kimberley region
07 February 2018
Joint release with:
Minister for Northern Australia
Federal Member for Durack
WA Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands
Member for Kimberley
The contract to upgrade the Great Northern Highway between Maggie Creek and Wyndham in Western Australia's Kimberley region has been awarded to WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the project would support the region's ongoing economic development, particularly the mining and agricultural industries.
“The Wyndham Spur section of the Great Northern Highway is a key route for the region and the transport industry in the Kimberley, providing the only sealed access to Wyndham and its port,” Mr Joyce said.
“The Australian Government is funding up to 80 per cent of this project under the Northern Australia Roads Program, which is strengthening connections between communities, industries and infrastructure such as ports across northern Australia.”
WA Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands Rita Saffioti said the works would improve safety and reliability of the highway to help meet the future demands of the Kimberley Region road network.
“This project will improve substandard sections of the highway which are prone to flooding and struggle to accommodate road trains carrying cattle, minerals and produce to the Port of Wyndham,” Ms Saffioti said.
Federal Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the $56.1 million project would further increase job and business opportunities for the region through the use of local suppliers, service providers, subcontractors and workers.
“All non-local personnel will be accommodated in Wyndham in existing or upgraded facilities and the project will prioritise Aboriginal businesses for labour supply, traffic control, site preparation and accommodation and meals,” Senator Canavan said.
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the project would include widening and strengthening works along the Wyndham Spur section and the realignment and construction of a passing lane at Maggies Jump Up.
“Widening the road will create more room for vehicles to pass one another, which is particularly important given the mix of heavy and commuter vehicles using the route,” Ms Price said.
WA Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer said the project would also involve realigning significant parts of highway and the replacement of the Weber Plain Road Bridge.
“It's expected the works will be complete by late 2018 and I thank everyone in advance for their patience during the construction phase,” Ms Farrer said.
Construction on the project is due to start in April 2018 with completion expected in late-2018. The Australian Government has committed up to $44.9 million towards the project, with the Western Australian Government contributing up to $11.2 million.
More information on the Northern Australia Roads Program is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/northern_australia_roads.aspx.