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

Safer Great Northern Highway a step closer

Media Release

MM227/2018

03 December 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Christian Porter MP

Attorney-General
Federal Member for Pearce

The Hon Rita Saffioti MLA

WA Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands
State Member for West Swan

The Hon Darren West MLC

State Member for Agricultural Region

Construction is expected to start by the end of the year on the upgrade of a section of the Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Chittering, with a $28 million contract awarded to deliver the works.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the upgrade would link directly with an interchange at Muchea, to be delivered as part of the NorthLink WA project

“The upgrade will deliver 14.7 kilometres of new highway, including 3.7 kilometres of dual carriageway linking directly to the northern section of the NorthLink WA project, providing road users with a seamless journey,” Mr McCormack said.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the upgrade would improve road safety, traffic flow and access for landowners.

“The Great Northern Highway—Muchea to Wubin Upgrade will boost the safety and amenity of the highway, which is an important link between Perth and the state’s north,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Construction is also underway on sections of the Great Northern Highway further north, on the Miling Bypass and Pithara sections, upgrading another 25 kilometres of the strategic freight link.”

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the project would directly connect to the NorthLink WA project, which includes a new Road Train Assembly Area being constructed at Muchea.

“The Great Northern Highway is vital for the movement of equipment and supplies to the resources industry in the north,” Mr Porter said.

“The Great Northern Highway—Muchea to Wubin Upgrade is expected to support 2,000 jobs during construction.”

State Member for the Agricultural Region Darren West MLC said the project was a vital investment into road safety.

“The Agricultural Region has an unacceptably high road accident rate and I’m delighted to see significant investment into our most dangerous country roads,” Mr West said.

The upgrade between Muchea and Chittering is expected to be completed by February 2020, weather permitting.

The $344.8 million Great Northern Highway Upgrade—Muchea to Wubin Upgrade is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $275.8 million and the Western Australian Government committing the remainder.

The Australian Government recently committed a further $220 million towards the construction of the Bindoon Bypass, which will complete the upgrade of the Highway between Muchea and Wubin.

The contract was won by WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd.