Productivity boost for Wheatbelt Roads

The Australian Government is investing $70 million to boost the productivity and safety of roads in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader Michael McCormack says.

“Western Australia’s Wheatbelt is a powerhouse of productivity – and the Liberals and Nationals are investing to build the safer roads locals and transport operators deserve,” Mr McCormack said.

“Funded under our Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative, this investment recognises the contribution of the Wheatbelt to feeding Australia and the world and creating jobs and opportunities in the region for Australians.

“That’s why we are investing in the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network, because its contribution to the national and Western Australian economy, to help get freight moving more efficiently.

“It is yet another part of the Liberal and Nationals’ vision to get people home sooner and safer, no matter where they live.

“By making the freight system more efficient, local businesses will also have more money to invest in their operations, creating more jobs and providing a vital shot in the arm for the agriculture and mining sectors, which are so important to WA jobs and communities.”
Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said he was proud to be part of a Government that is investing in road upgrades so that connectivity between community and industry is safer and more efficient.

“This latest announcement is another link in the chain of improved road networks and like NorthLink WA and the Bindoon-Bypass the benefits from this investment cannot be understated,” Mr Porter said.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the strategic upgrades would target a freight network comprising 4,400 kilometres of roads that connect with state and national highways to provide critical access for heavy vehicles into the region.

“These roads are vital for supporting key freight supply chains in Western Australia including grain, mining and other industries,” Ms Price said.

“These upgrades will also support communities along the network, ensuring they have reliable access to essential services including healthcare and education.

“They will enable large, high-productivity trucks safe and cost-effective access to business and markets, offering greater opportunities for business growth in the Wheatbelt region.

“By providing better and safer road access, this investment will also promote more opportunities for tourism here in this fantastic region in Western Australia’s south west.”

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said he had worked closely with local governments in the Wheatbelt to secure funding for this important road network.

“Last year in Canberra I hosted a delegation from shires in the Wheatbelt, led by Brookton Shire President Katrina Crute, and I was able to facilitate meetings with key ministers to pitch the proposal,” Mr Wilson said.

“Grain production and haulage is the lifeblood of Wheatbelt communities and it’s critically important for people in those communities that the Government invest in a safer, more efficient road network.”

The location of specific upgrades will be determined through thorough analysis and consultation with key stakeholders.