The roads of Western Australia are set to see a significant investment in 2024 as the WA government commits to rural funding.
Regional WA will receive an additional $178 million in funding in a move that the government says will deliver a major boost to rural transport in the state.
This funding will include reinvesting into four road projects that recently had funding removed during a recent review of the nation’s infrastructure pipeline, with $132 million being funnelled back into them.
These include $48 million for the Moorine Rock to Mt Holland Road Upgrades, $48 million for the Marble Bar Road Upgrade, $29.6 million to continue planning for the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation project and $6.4 million for the Great Southern Secondary Freight.
State transport minister Rita Saffioti says this will see a significant investment in the improvement of WA’s roads.
“The government is delivering on its commitment to projects that had funding cut by the federal government as part of its review of the nation’s infrastructure pipeline,” she says.
“The state government will provide an additional $132 million to continue four road projects that had funding cut as part of the Federal IAP review, delivering on our commitment to seeing these projects delivered.
“We know access to affordable and reliable travel options is essential to regional and remote communities, which is why we continue to invest in measures that have a meaningful impact.
“The additional investment we are making will enhance transport for regional and remote communities by improving access to drivers’ licences, increasing the financial assistance to get kids to and from school and delivering significant safety upgrades at regional level crossings.”
Regional level crossings are also in for a boost, with safety upgrades pulling in an additional $34 million. $17 million is coming directly from the federal government’s Regional Australia Level Crossing Safety Program.