The Western Australian government has launched a $87.5 million Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network road upgrade program.
The multimillion dollar upgrade to improve Mogumber-Yarawindah road in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia has started. The project will bring efficiency to a key freight supply chain.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the program would improve road reliability and better connect industry to markets.
“These upgrades will better connect businesses to domestic and international markets via Western Australia’s key ports, improving freight productivity and offering greater opportunities for business growth in the Wheatbelt region,” Michael said.
This project is part of the Federal Government’s 10-year investment into the nation’s key freight roads, contributing $4.5 billion to the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.
Rita Saffioti, WA Minister for Transport said these upgrades will help draft works on the Agricultural Region Freight Strategy.
“The funding announced today will help ensure the Wheatbelt’s crucial transport supply chains continue to improve, helping this key agricultural area to prepare for growth in trade,” Rita said.
Melissa Price, Federal member for Durack said the network comprised of 4,400 kilometres of roads and the program had identified 53 strategic freight routes requiring upgrade.
“Most of the roads that large freight vehicles are permitted to use in the region are narrow, unsealed and unsuited for large volumes of heavy vehicle traffic, so the start of works on the Mogumber-Yarawindah road couldn’t be timelier,” Melissa said.
Rick Storer, Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network group chairman said the Mogumber-Yarawindah upgrade would widen 2.75 kilometres of road and extend drainage culverts, making it much safer for freight vehicle operators.
The Wheatbelt group consists of the Wheatbelt North Regional Road Group, Wheatbelt South Regional Road Group, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Wheatbelt Inc, WA Local Government Association, Main Roads WA – Wheatbelt Region and the Wheatbelt Development Commission.
The $87.5 million Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network program is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $70 million through its Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, the Western Australian Government committing $11.67 million and local government bodies providing the remainder.
The Australian Government has committed $0.8 million towards the $1 million Mogumber-Yarawindah road upgrade, with the remainder provided by the Western Australian Government and local government bodies.