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The refurbishment of a major rest stop on the Albany Highway in the town of Williams will increase driver safety and bring more visitors to the Wheatbelt town.

 

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson, who attended the opening event today, said the new rest stop will be easy to see from the Highway, making it a major drawcard for visitors.

 

“This fantastic new facility includes picnic tables and seating, shade structures and even barbecues for those who have come prepared,” Mr Wilson said.

 

“It also features two new play areas for families, including slides, a climbing net, an all-accessible swing and even a flying fox – something here for everybody who’s travelling along the Albany Highway.”

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $360,000 investment will boost the local economy and encourage more people to take a break while driving.

 

“This highway sees up to 4,000 vehicles each day as people drive between Perth and the Great Southern Region, making Williams a great place to stop and stretch your legs,” Mr McCormack said.

 

“The park upgrade will encourage more people to take a rest – reducing the risk of driver fatigue and improving safety on our roads while also encouraging drivers to enjoy all the shops and cafes the town has to offer.”

 

President of the Shire of Williams John Cowcher said recent studies have shown that redeveloping recreational areas and updating streetscapes can add significant value to a region.

 

“Williams has always been renowned for having fantastic facilities, and this project has certainly been no exception. The contribution that it will make to the social and economic fabric of Williams is significant,” Cr Cowcher said.

 

“The Shire understands the importance of these rest stops along the highway and how they can significantly contribute to combating fatigue and reduce the risk of road accidents, hence our commitment to ensuring that we address this by developing and maintaining these vital, life-saving locations.”

 

This project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $360,000, the Western Australian Government $200,000, the Shire of Williams $135,287, Newmont Boddington Gold $50,000, Project Numbat Inc. $26,000 and South32 Worsley Alumina $20,000.

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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.