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BUILDING THE NEW PERTH-BUNBURY HIGHWAY

   
8 May 2007 006TRS/Budget

The 2007-08 Budget confirms that Western Australia will receive its full $170 million funding allocation for the new Perth-Bunbury Highway, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, said today.

The Australian Government offered to contribute $170 million toward the highway, with $20 million contingent on construction starting in 2006.

"Western Australia started construction work on the highway in December 2006, so we will provide the state with $64 million for the highway in 2007-08 and $83.4 million in 2008-09. We will spend $22.6 million on the project in 2006-07, which brings our total funding to the $170 million that we promised," Mr Vaile said.

The funding for the new Perth-Bunbury Highway is one of the highlights of the Australian Government's $308 million investment in Western Australian roads and railways in 2007-08. The state will also receive a fair share of the $22.3 billion in new land transport funding that the Government announced today.

The new funding will run from 2009-10 to 2013-14. It will be available under AusLink 2, the second stage of the Government's national land transport plan.

"AusLink 2 will continue our massive investment in Australia's roads and railways. We will also be able to provide more money for local roads under the AusLink Roads to Recovery and AusLink Strategic Regional programmes. These programmes were due to end in June 2009; they will now continue until June 2014," Mr Vaile said.

"The Government has already announced that we will extend the Black Spot programme under AusLink 2 until 2013-14 and increase its funding by 33 per cent. The Black Spot programme funds safety works at dangerous locations on our roads.

"The Government will announce the details of Western Australia's funding under AusLink 2 in due course, following discussions with the West Australian Government.

"Meanwhile, we are continuing to fund critical land transport projects across the state under the existing AusLink programme, and are announcing today that we will spend an extra $250 million in 2006-07 on AusLink Strategic Regional projects around Australia."

AusLink National Network projects in 2007-08

Minister Lloyd said the Australian Government would spend $165.9 million in 2007-08 on AusLink National Network projects in Western Australia, including the funding for the new Perth-Bunbury Highway. The Government's other funding includes:

  • $2 million to begin planning the new interchange between the Great Eastern and Roe highways.
  • $3 million to finish the Clackline township bypass on the Great Eastern Highway.
  • $3 million to continue upgrading the Great Eastern Highway from Tammin to Booran and from Walgoolan to Southern Cross.
  • $23.9 million for upgrading work on the Great Northern Highway between Apple Street in Upper Swan and Wubin.

"In addition, we provided Western Australia with an advance payment of $323 million in June 2006 to accelerate a range of upgrading works on the Great Northern, Great Eastern and Eyre highways.

AusLink Strategic Regional Programme

"The Government will spend an additional $250 million in 2006-07 on AusLink Strategic Regional projects around Australia. The AusLink Strategic Regional Programme helps local councils build transport infrastructure projects that will boost their local and regional economies and create jobs.

"As a result, the Government will be able to make more funding offers in response to applications we have received from councils. The Government will announce the successful projects in the near future, including projects in Western Australia.

"The Government is already contributing $22.5 million to projects in Western Australia under programme, including widening Ranford Road and Abernethy Road in Perth, an upgrade that will allow 53.3 metre road trains to get to the Coolina livestock holding yards in Greenough Shire, and improvements to the Western Australian sections of the 2,800 kilometre Outback Way.

AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme

"Western Australia's 142 local councils will receive $48.5 million in 2007-08 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme. In addition, the councils will receive $82.2 million in untied local road grants.

AusLink Black Spot Programme

"Western Australia will receive $5 million in 2007-08 under the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which will fix nearly 50 priority crash locations," Mr Lloyd said.

Attachment A is a detailed fact sheet about the Australian Government's land transport projects in Western Australia.

Media contacts:
Deputy Prime Minister's office: Tim Langmead 02 6277 7680/0421 584 990
Minister Lloyd's office: James Larsson 02 6277 7060/0434 305 130

ATTACHMENT A

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Government will provide Western Australia with $308 million in land transport funding in 2007-08, as set out in the table below. In addition, the Government provided Western Australia with a $323 million advance payment in June 2006 to accelerate a range of upgrading works on the Great Northern, Eyre and Great Eastern highways.

The projects detailed in this fact sheet are funded under the existing AusLink land transport programme. The Government will announce the projects that will be funded under AusLink 2 in due course, following discussions with the Western Australian Government.

Australian Government land transport funding, Western Australia, 2007-08

  2007-08
Funding
($ million)
AusLink Investment Programme 165.9
AusLink Strategic Regional Programme 6.5
AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme 48.5
Untied local road grants 82.2
AusLink Black Spot Programme 5.0
Total 308.0

This table updates the tables in Budget Paper No.3. The figures may not add precisely to the total due to rounding.

AUSLINK NATIONAL NETWORK PROJECTS

New Perth-Bunbury Highway

The Australian Government will contribute $64 million to the new Perth-Bunbury Highway in 2007-08.

The 70 kilometre, four-lane divided highway will run from the southern end of the Kwinana Freeway at Safety Bay Road to the Old Coast Road near Lake Clifton to create a rapid transport link between Perth and Bunbury. The new highway will cut more than 30 minutes off the full journey and is expected to open to traffic in late 2009.

The Australian Government has committed $170 million to the project. Of this, $20 million was contingent on construction starting in 2006. Western Australia has met this condition - construction began in December 2006 - and the Australian Government, therefore, will meet its commitment in full.

Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway interchange

The Australian Government will provide $2 million in 2007-08 to plan a new interchange between the Great Eastern and Roe highways. The Government's total commitment to the project is capped at $22.4 million. The Western Australian Government is to contribute the remainder of the cost.

The interchange is expected to involve a new bridge and connecting ramps to address this location's poor safety record. It will eliminate the long queues of traffic waiting to turn onto the Great Eastern Highway from the northbound lanes of the Roe Highway. The Australian Government believes this project should be completed by mid 2009.

Great Northern Highway

Apple St (Upper Swan) to Muchea

The Australian Government will provide $1.9 million in 2007-08 to finish widening and reconstructing 12.3 kilometres of the Great Northern Highway between Apple Street and Muchea. All the work is expected to be completed by February 2008.

Muchea to Wubin

Further north, the Government will spend $22 million in 2007-08 to continue improving the Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Wubin. The Government's total commitment to this section of the highway under the AusLink Investment Programme is $65.1 million.

The project includes intersection improvements, widening, passing lanes, and the reconstruction and realignment of a number of sections of highway. It will deliver better road standards and reduce the crash rate along the highway, which is higher than average because of its unforgiving road environment.

Accelerated Great Northern Highway upgrading

The West Australian Government will be able to continue upgrading key sections of the Great Northern Highway in 2007-08, as a result of the $323 million advance payment that was paid to the state in June 2006.

$234 million of the advance payment has been allocated to upgrading sections of the Great Northern Highway, as well as planning for a Kununurra bypass on the Victoria Highway.

Great Eastern Highway

Clackline township bypass

The Australian Government will provide $3 million in 2007-08 to finish realigning the Great Eastern Highway around the old timber bridge over Clackline Brook. The highway will be carried over the brook on a reinforced concrete box culvert, which will incorporate a pedestrian/equestrian underpass. There will be new intersections to connect the highway to the town and to Spencers Brook Road.

The Australian Government is meeting the full $9.5 million cost. Construction began in January 2007 and is expected to be completed later this year.

Tammin to Booran and Walgoolan to Southern Cross

The Australian Government will spend $3 million in 2007-08 on upgrading the Great Eastern Highway from Tammin to Booran and Walgoolan to Southern Cross.

The Australian Government has committed $33 million to the upgrade under the AusLink Investment Programme and involves widening, realignment and reconstruction work on poor sections of highway stretching 70 kilometres.

In addition, $14 million of the Australian Government's advance payment in June 2006 has been allocated to this section of highway.

Eyre Highway widening and rehabilitation

The West Australian Government will be able to continue widening and rehabilitating the Eyre Highway in 2007-08, as a result of the $323 million advance payment that was paid to the state in June 2006.

$75 million of the advance payment has been allocating to widening and rehabilitating the highway.

Upgrading key rail links

In 2007-08, the Australian Government has allocated $28.1 million to install concrete sleepers and extend 6 passing loops on the Eastern Goldfields Railway between Koolyanobbing and Kalgoorlie.

The Government has also allocated $1 million in 2007-08 on the new overpass that will eliminate the Daddow Road level crossing in Kewdale. The Government's total contribution to the new overpass will be $11.5 million. The project cannot proceed until the West Australian Government puts forward a formal project proposal.

Maintenance

The Australian Government will provide Western Australia with $36.9 million in 2007-08 to help maintain the AusLink Network.

AUSLINK STRATEGIC REGIONAL PROGRAMME

The AusLink Strategic Regional Programme helps local councils build transport infrastructure projects that will boost their local and regional economies and create jobs.

The Government is already contributing $22.5 million to projects in Western Australia under the programme, but many important and valuable projects missed out on receiving support because far more applications were received from local councils than could be funded.

As a result, the Government has announced today that it will spend an additional $250 million in 2006-07 on strategic regional projects around Australia.

It will enable the Government to make more funding offers in response to applications it has received from councils. The Government will announce the successful projects in the near future, including projects in Western Australia.

The Government will invest an additional $300 million in the AusLink Strategic Regional Programme under AusLink 2, which will enable councils to submit new funding applications.

LOCAL ROAD FUNDING

Western Australian local councils will receive $48.5 million in 2007-08 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme and $82.2 million in untied local road grants.

The Government has announced that the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme will continue until 2013-14, instead of ending in 2008-09.

AUSLINK BLACK SPOT PROGRAMME

Western Australia will receive $5 million in 2007-08 under the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which will fix nearly 50 priority crash locations.

The Government has announced that the AusLink Black Spot Programme will continue until 2013-14, with a 33 per cent increase in funding from the start of 2009-10. The programme was due to end in 2007-08.