Welcoming the latest announcement of road funding, Federal Member for Durack, Melissa Price, is proud that North West roads in the Pilbara and Kimberley have received major upgrades thanks to Federal Government money over the past few years.
“The upgrades will support industries and communities that are critical for freight and tourism, as well as creating jobs and increasing road safety,” Ms Price said.
The latest announcement was an additional $123 million for the upgrade of the Karratha to Tom Price Road under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative (ROSI), and Ms Price said the benefits of sealing this road will be enormous.
“I have been fighting for this for some considerable time and I’m delighted this funding has been announced,” she said.
“It will ensure about 700 local drive-in drive-out jobs from the proposed Flinders Mine are not at risk.
“Modelling prepared by the Pilbara Development Commission estimates a DIDO workforce from the mine would inject more than $1.6 billion into the Pilbara economy and create almost 500 additional jobs.
“It will improve connectivity for local indigenous communities to Karratha, Roebourne, Tom Price and Paraburdoo and improve access to hospitals and medical services,” said Ms Price.
The Federal Government has also announced $70 million for the Newman to Katherine Corridor and $75 million for the Tanami Road (Halls Creek to Alice Springs).
“The Tanami Road will enable more resources development and tourism in the Kimberley and support the local Indigenous community,” Ms Price said.
This comes on the back of $89.29 million in 2016 for upgrading of the Cape Leveque Road and the Bow River Bridge on the Great Northern Highway under the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Program.
“The Cape Leveque Road upgrade was fantastic news for the Kimberley, as it’s the main transport link through the Dampier Peninsula for 71 Aboriginal communities, pastoral stations, pearling industries and tourist destinations.
“Broome’s population can triple during the tourist season so this upgrade was of major importance.
“As your Federal Member I am proud to have advocated strongly for these road funding programs and to have achieved the positive outcomes for the Pilbara and Kimberley, and I will continue to do so,” Ms Price said.