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More Funding For Western Australia Under Auslink

Australian Coat of Arms

The Hon John Anderson MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Leader of The Nationals
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
Senator the Hon Ian Campbell
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

TRS5/Budget 11 May 2004

The Australian Government will spend $240.9 million on Western Australia's land transport system in 2004-05, with more to come when the Government releases its new land transport plan, AusLink, next month.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell, made the announcement today.

"The Government has today announced $11.4 billion in funding to transform the way Australia plans and funds its roads and railways. It consists of almost $11 billion in road and rail funding over the next five years and a one-off, $450 million grant in 2003-04 for investment in the rail system," Mr Anderson said.

"The Government will release a detailed policy statement, or White Paper, on AusLink next month. It will set out the new AusLink National Network, which will incorporate the National Highway system and many Roads of National Importance into a broader and more strategic network of transport corridors, including Australia's key rail links.

"The White Paper will include a series of major new land transport projects beyond the ones detailed in today's Budget. The new projects will improve the safety of Australia's major highways, and make it quicker and cheaper to transport freight around the country. They will include major new projects in Western Australia," he said.

The funding for the new projects in Western Australia will be in addition to the $240.9 million allocation. The funding for the new projects is a separate component within the Government's total land transport commitment, $11.4 billion. See the AusLink factsheet in this kit for further details.

Continuing projects

The Government is continuing to fund critical projects across Western Australia, in addition to the major new land transport projects that will be announced in the AusLink White Paper.

Perth-Adelaide corridor

Senator Campbell said the Government would spend $28.1 million in 2004-05 to complete the $35.0 million duplication of Great Eastern Highway between Sawyers Valley and The Lakes.

"The duplication will replace a poorly aligned two-lane road with a high standard four-lane divided highway. It should be completed by May 2005," he said.

"The Government will also spend $1.2 million in 2004-05 to continue our $3.5 million programme of constructing passing lanes on the highway between the Lakes Road turnoff and Northam.

"We will provide $5.0 million in 2004-05 to continue reconstructing and realigning 72 kilometres of the Great Eastern Highway between Tammin and Walgoolan. The highway handles a significant number of double road trains, and it needs to have a stronger road surface. The $45.3 million project - which is entirely funded by the Australian Government - should be completed in 2007-08."

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government would spend $30 million over the next three years ($10.0 million in 2004-05) to widen and reconstruct 75 kilometres of the Eyre Highway.

"The sections of the highway to be upgraded are located just east of Caiguna and east and west of Balladonia. The road will be widened to a minimum of nine metres, with a one-metre sealed shoulder and a further metre of unsealed shoulder to counter the effects of trailers swaying on road trains."

Perth-Darwin corridor

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government would spend $9.6 million in 2004-05 to continue reconstructing the rough and narrow section of the Great Northern Highway between Lennard Street and Muchea, 55 kilometres north of Perth. The Government's total commitment to this project would cost $21.2 million and was expected to be completed in 2005-06.

"Further north, we will spend $14.0 million over the next three years ($5.0 million in 2004-05) to upgrade the highway between Muchea and Wubin," he said.

"The work will involve the construction of 13 overtaking lanes, as well as upgrading the road alignment between Muchea and Bindoon, widening sections between Bindoon Hill and Waddington, and reconstructing and realigning sections between Waddington and Miling.

Senator Campbell said the Great Northern Highway through the Kimberley was the only sealed road linking Western Australia and the Northern Territory, but that it was common for the road to be closed during the wet, sometimes for up to 25 days a year.

"The Government will spend $15.0 million in 2004-05 to build new bridges at Elvira Creek, Palm Creek, Upper Panton and Roses Yard, as part of our $60 million programme of upgrading river crossings in the Kimberley," he said.

Perth Urban Links

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government would provide $20.0 million in 2004-05 as the final payment of its $76.0 million commitment to the Roe Highway. The Government is jointly funding the highway with Western Australia.

"I opened stage six of the highway, from Nicholson Road in Thornlie to South Street in Canning Vale, last month," he said. "The next section, stage seven, will give motorists a clear run from Welshpool to the Kwinana Freeway, and construction work should start in 2004-05.

"The Government's funding for the Roe Highway is conditional on Western Australia not rezoning the land identified for the possible construction of stage eight of the highway to Fremantle.

"We have advised the Western Australian Government of this funding condition. If it rezones the land for stage eight, the Government will take action to recoup our $76.0 million investment in the highway."

More spending on local roads

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Budget confirmed the Government's decision to extend the Roads to Recovery programme for another four years, from 2005-06 until 2008-09. The extended programme will inject $1.2 billion into local roads throughout Australia. The Government will spend $253.1 million on the programme in 2004-05.

"The Roads to Recovery programme is the largest capital injection by any Australian Government into local roads. It is funding 12,000 local road projects throughout Australia and has been particularly important in regional areas, where councils have to maintain enormous road networks with limited resources," Mr Anderson said.

"Western Australian councils will receive $37.5 million under the Roads to Recovery programme in 2004-05, as well as $72.0 million in untied local road grants," he said.

Saving lives with the Black Spot Programme

Senator Campbell said Western Australia would receive $5.0 million in 2004-05 under the Road Safety Black Spot programme to improve dangerous accident locations on Australia's roads.

"The programme is estimated to prevent around 500 serious crashes a year throughout Australia. The 2004-05 funding will improve 64 dangerous black spots on Western Australia's roads," Senator Campbell said.

Media contacts:

Paul Chamberlain Deputy Prime Minister's office 02 62777680 / 0419 233989
Wayne Grant Senator Campbell's office 02 62777060 / 0407 845280


Australian Government land transport funding, Western Australia, 2004-05

Continuing land transport projects (1) 126.3
Roads to Recovery 37.5
Untied local road grants 72.0
Black Spot programme 5.0
Total 240.9

The figures in this table update the tables in Budget Paper No. 3. The figures may not add precisely to the total due to rounding.
(1) Does not include the major new AusLink projects, which will be announced in June.