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MORE THAN $250 MILLION OF REGIONAL ROAD UPGRADES ROLLING OUT ACROSS WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Road Safety

More than $250 million of road safety upgrades will be rolled out across approximately 4,000 kilometres of regional Western Australian roads by the middle of 2021, reducing the risk of run-off-road crashes and supporting local jobs.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Federal Government had allocated billions of dollars to road improvements across regional Australia.

Key projects funded in O’Connor through this tranche include more than $9.5 million for upgrades to Albany Highway for sections between Cranbrook and Mt Barker and between Williams and Arthur River.

“We committed $500 million for targeted road safety upgrades across Australia as part of our infrastructure stimulus package in June, as well as an additional $2 billion for the Road Safety Program in the 2020–21 Budget,” Mr Wilson said.

“This funding will be rolled out on a ‘use it or lose it basis’, which means the delivery of life-saving upgrades to regional roads across Western Australia is on the horizon.

“This is also about supporting local jobs and providing a welcome boost to local economies at the same time – we are backing our region’s to drive the nation’s economic recovery.”

“The upgrade to Albany Highway will save lives, save time and support jobs,” Mr Wilson said.

“I have advocated for these upgrades to Albany Highway and we will be delivering them.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said regional roads were vital to the economy-shaping work of the State’s freight fleet.

“From Western Australia’s world-class wool to the thriving iron-ore exports, local truckies work hard travelling the regional road network to keep the economy ticking along and businesses running by getting goods to markets,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

“By funding road safety programs like this, we are continuing to support the economy-shaping work while ensuring they make it home safe at the end of each trip – nothing is more important than that.”

The 2021 funding would see $158 million spent on shoulder widening more than 1,300 kilometres of roads across the State and other improvements such audible edge and centre lines installed on more than 1,000 kilometres of other rural roads.

It’s anticipated this latest tranche of works will be completed by July this year with up to
7,000 kilometres of treatments in total scheduled for completion by mid-2022.

The $455 million commitment to improve road safety across the State is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments.

Regional Road Safety Program Overview:

  • Initial $100 million allocation (May 2020)
    • 34 projects now underway

  • New $355 million allocation (1 Jan. 2021 – 30 Jun. 2022)
    • Tranche 1 (1 Jan. – 30 Jun. 2021)
      62 projects confirmed – approximately $158 million
    • Tranche 2 (1 Jul.– 31 Dec. 2021)
      Projects to be confirmed – approximately $93 million
    • Tranche 3 (1 Jan.– 30 Jun. 2022)
      Projects to be confirmed – approximately $93 million

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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.