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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
Page: 20758

Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 20 August 2003:

(1) In respect of the Peel Deviation, (a) what design and planning work has been undertaken, and (b) what is the estimated cost of the project.

(2) Has any money been allocated in the financial years (a) 2003-2004, (b) 2004-2005 or (c) 2005-2006 for the project.

(3) Does the government regard the Peel Deviation as a potential Road of National Importance: if so, would the Commonwealth be prepared to finance 50% of the cost of the project.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) Main Roads Western Australia advise that planning activities associated with defining a reservation for the Peel Deviation have been completed and a reserve set aside in the Peel Region Scheme. This is a strategic land-use plan for the Peel Region.

Detailed environmental assessments and a Public Environmental Review Report have been completed. Environmental clearance of the project has subsequently been granted subject to adherence to the Main Roads commitments and conditions of approval.

Negotiations are in progress with the Aboriginal community in regard to Aboriginal heritage clearance.

Concept road designs have been completed but are being updated. It is expected that preliminary design will commence this year. Analysis of bridge waterways are nearly complete and bridge concept design is expected to commence soon.

Other planning activities in progress include acquisition of land; preparation of Environmental Management plans; and the preliminary design of associated road works - the Lakes Road upgrade for the tie-in to the proposed Mandurah Northern Bypass.

(b) $140 million. Detailed project costing will be completed following the completion of preliminary designs.

(2) (a) (b) and (c) No.

(3) The Road of National Importance Program is fully committed at this time. The Australian Government, however, will be in a better position to determine any future commitment to the Peel Deviation once the Western Australian Government finalises planning works it is currently undertaking.