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Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Albany Ring Road is a critical piece of infrastructure that will underpin the economic success of the Great Southern Region for years to come.

“The Australian Government has contributed $140 million to this project, which will improve safety for everyone travelling through the region, including tourists and freight drivers,” Mr Wilson said.

“Scheduled to be completed in 2023, this project will improve connections between major freight infrastructure including airports and commercial and industrial areas, creating more economic opportunities the region.”

“This is yet another example of the Australian Government continuing to roll out our $100 billion nationwide infrastructure pipeline, of which over half is earmarked for regional projects, supporting jobs and communities at a time when it’s needed the most.”

Mr Wilson said the project will also deliver significant safety benefits.

“This project will include grade-separated (bridged) interchanges at the intersections of Albany Highway and Menang Drive; Albany Ring Road and South Coast Highway; Albany Ring Road, Hanrahan Road and Frenchman Bay Road; and Frenchman Bay Road and the freight railway line,” Mr Wilson said.

The Australian Government is providing $140 million towards this $175 million project, with the Western Australian Government contributing $35 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 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.