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The Western Australian economy will be boosted, roads will be safer and thousands of jobs created, with a $1.1 billion investment into transport infrastructure from the Federal Government as part of our COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

The latest funding injection builds on a series of statewide infrastructure investments from the Commonwealth in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic which now total nearly $1.3 billion.

Key investments for O’Connor include $20 million funding for upgrades to Albany Highway between Williams and Bannister. The Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network will also be accelerated with $82 million brought forward into the forward estimates.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said Tuesday’s Federal Budget would deliver funding for infrastructure which supports the Government’s JobMaker plan and help Western Australia recover from COVID-19.

“Funding for Albany Highway will ensure people in our community get home sooner and safer, whilst also delivering more jobs locally.”

“The additional funding will continue to improve safety on these important freight routes.”

“Today’s announcement is another crucial step the Federal Government is taking in mapping our O’Connor’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The project will replace the ageing Hotham River Bridge with a new concrete structure and upgrade sections of road on 29 km over various sections.

Since being elected in 2013 the Coalition Government has committed more than $15.4 billion for infrastructure in Western Australia.

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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 Australia 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.