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$110 MILLION RELEASED FOR ALBANY RING ROAD

More than $110 million has been released by the Morrison Federal Government, making good on its $140 million majority funding commitment for the $175 million Albany ring road.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce contacted him on Friday, October 29 to tell him the good news.

“Thanks to the Deputy PM’s timely decision to release $110.24 million for the ring road, the WA Government can now access the full Australian Government commitment of $140 million after $29.76 million had previously been released for the development phase of the project,” Mr Wilson said.

“It’s great to see the ring road progessing so quickly with a major milestone being the current construction of the bridge over Albany Highway that is central to the entire project.

“The money released this week will fund 8km of dual carriageway from Lancaster Road to Princess Royal Drive and a grade separation at South Coast Highway and Hanrahan Road among other works.”

Works enabled by the Federal Government’s release of the $110.24 million are expected to start late this year, with the ring road anticipated to be complete in early 2024.

“The project will link existing major roads radiating from Albany, bypassing urban areas and improving access to industrial areas and the port,” Mr Wilson said.

“It will take heavy vehicles off existing roads, reducing congestion and improving safety for the people of Albany and visitors to their beautiful city.”

Media contact: Chris Thomson: 0467 710 180

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.