$70 million funding sees Wheatbelt roads looking ‘ROSI’
April 29, 2019
Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price was thrilled by the announcement this month, of the Federal Government’s $70 million commitment through the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative for the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the Wheatbelt region of my electorate and I worked hard alongside the reference group to advocate for this federal funding program,” she said.
“In the last Federal Budget there were significant funds allocated to infrastructure which will assist east coast farmers.
“I took the view that funding from ROSI for WA Wheatbelt roads was a valuable way for our Government to support WA farmers and was determined we would get our fair share. The $70 million is an excellent start.
“This brings together 42 Wheatbelt shires and the Federal Government and will work with the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Networking Party to identify and prioritise projects across this network in coming months,” Minister Price said.
“These roads are essential for supporting key freight supply chains that support grain, mining, general freight and the tourism industry.
“They are local government managed roads, identified as ‘secondary freight routes’ which means they carry a significant and highly valued freight task but are not located on a state or federal road,” the Minister said.
ROSI will deliver works such as road realignments, road sealing, strengthening and widening, flood immunity, pavement rehabilitation and bridge and culvert upgrades, creating a more reliable and safer road network and improve access for higher capacity vehicles.
The road upgrades are part of the Australian Government’s $3.5 billion nationwide investment over the next decade through ROSI, to ensure the nation's key freight roads efficiently connect agricultural and mining regions to ports, airports and other transport hubs.