Fight to get Pinjarra Bypass on the Road: Randall
June 8, 2007
With more than 10,000 vehicle movements a day through Pinjarra’s township Canning MHR Don Randall says he will be fighting hard to secure funding to make the much-anticipated Pinjarra Bypass a reality.
Mr Randall put the Pinjarra Bypass on the agenda in Canberra last week, outlining the importance of the infrastructure to his parliamentary colleagues.
The $22 million bypass, for which the Shire of Murray is seeking $10 million from the Federal Government under the Auslink Strategic Regional Programme, would see a dual carriageway deviation around the busy township.
“The Bypass will reduce the traffic forced to travel through the town on the South West Highway and in particular the huge amount of B-double trucks and heavy haulage vehicles forced to travel down the main street past two schools,” said Mr Randall.
Mr Randall said that the expansion of mining activities at Boddington, the expansion of the Wagerup Refinery and the continued development of the Peel region was putting pressure on the existing infrastructure.
“The freight demands of the region are only going to increase and current developments in the Shire of Murray could see a population increase of almost 20,000 meaning that not only are there more trucks on the road, but there are more cars,” said Mr Randall.
“The Bypass is something that has to be done for the safety of the amenity and the infrastructure for the Peel region. It is something that I will continue to fight to have delivered for my electorate of Canning.”
Mr Randall reminded his colleagues that late last year the Department of Transport and Regional Services was forced to rank the Shire of Murray’s application for Auslink funding for the same project as a low priority.
“Why? When the state government were asked if they would support it in matching funding through the AusLink strategic road funding program, they said, ‘Yes, we’re happy to support it but the funds will have to come from the Perth to Bunbury Highway funds that the state government are putting into,” said Mr Randall.
“This would have resulted in the Perth-Bunbury Highway being under funded and that was simply unacceptable. I’m now pleased to say that with Alcoa and the Boddington Gold Mine on board as partners, the State Labor Government has come to the party so I will be pushing forward to see this application progress.”
Mr Randall said he would be keeping in close contact with his colleagues in Canberra to ensure that this important project did not fall by the wayside.