$5.5 million to be invested in Kalgoorlie-Boulder roads

28/10/2015

Several significant roads in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region are to be upgraded to improve productivity and road safety for travellers and freight operators.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had allocated $3 million, in conjunction with funding from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and industry, towards a number of upgrade projects in the region which will see major arterial links improved through regional Western Australia.

“As promised, the Australian Government is delivering the biggest infrastructure investment programme in our nation’s history,” Mr Truss said.

“By building better roads, the Australian Government is supporting industry, business and trade to increase jobs and productivity, and ultimately strengthen the national economy.”

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the project would see parts of the Mt Monger, Broad Arrow Ora Banda and Yarri roads sealed. The Kurnalpi to Pinjin Road will be upgraded to meet road train standards.

“A large number of mining projects rely heavily on our region’s roads, in addition to local pastoralists and tourism traffic,” Mr Wilson said.

“Improvement works will reduce the time roads are closed due to wet weather, alleviate potential hazard spots and will service current and future mining operations within the area.

“The works will also see culverts and floodways installed to address wash away areas ensuring safer, more efficient and reliable passage for local traffic, tourists and freight carriers year-round.

“As part of the Golden Quest Trail, the Broad Arrow Ora Banda Road is also a significant tourist route in this region, and once sealed, will provide safer passage for all road users.”

In addition to the $3 million contributed by the Australian Government to fund the projects, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will contribute $1.8 million and industry will add a further $740,000.

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