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Over $40m in road funding announced

By Staff Reporter
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More than $40 million worth of funding has been announced for two major road improvements in one state, according to transport minister Troy Buswell and regional development minister Brendon Grylls.

A government investment of $46.1 million has been pledged for funding upgrages to Western Australia’s roads, including the Wubin-Mullewa Road, between Perenjori and Morawa, and various sections of Goldfields Highway, near Wiluna and Meekatharra.

Of the former, $21.6 million will be spent completing the upgrade to allow for local and tourist traffic, said Mr Buswell.

“A further $20million will be allocated to the construction and sealing of passing opportunities and floodways between Wiluna and Meekatharra on Goldfields Highway,” he said.

“This major funding allocation reaffirms the Government’s commitment to maintaining and further improving this vital road link between the Wiluna and Meekatharra communities.  It also promotes the development of the intermodal transport terminal at Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a hub for freight from the east, servicing the Pilbara and Mid-West regions.”

Both of the projects, outlined in the Mid West Investment Plan, are part of an allocated $220 million of funding under Royalties for Regions that will invest in major infrastructure and initiatives over the next five years.

These two projects are in response to ‘rapid growth’ in the Mid-West resources sector, the proposed PortLink Project, expanding road freight volume and associated increases in traffic seen currently and projected for the future.

Other projects totaling almost $5 million are also in the pipeline through this investment plan.

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