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Western Australia will receive $161.2 million from the $2 billion Commonwealth annual roads spending program for 1992-93, Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said today. 1'

Mr Brown said the State's share had been boosted by $53 million from Prime Minister Paul Keating's One Nation package. 1 i

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'This funding will generate employment for 4000 people and assist the local economies in isolated regions where much of the money will be directed', Mr Brown said.

'Almost $50 million of the total will be used to upgrade the Great Northern Highway. More than $16 million will be spent between Wubin and Meekatharra, while $12.77 million has been earmarked for the Halls Creek to Wyndham section.

li I ■'The Bunbury-Augusta Road will receive $14.1 million, including money for the Capel Bypass, upgrading between Capel and Stratham and the Ludlow Deviation, south of Bunbury.'Meanwhile, the road transport network serving the mining industry will be improved. Ten million dollars will be spent on the Marble Bar Road and the Kalgoorlie- Meekatharra Road in the Eastern Goldfields', Mr Brown said.'In Perth, the Federal Government roads funding will be directed at extending the Metropolitan Ring Road. More than $35 million will pay for new construction work on the Kwinana Freeway and the Reid, Roe and Albany Highways.'The decision to lift spending on freeway extensions is an acknowledgement of Perth's rapid growth and the need to establish an integrated road network that will meet the city's traffic requirements into the next century', he said.Mr Brown said the Federal Government roads program for 1992-93 represented a wise investment in Australia's transport infrastructure.- /2

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'Spending has been targeted at roads and projects that offer the best economic return for industries relying on road transport.

The community will benefit from improved productivity, safer travelling and shorter journey times.

'Road maintenance is an important element of the strategy, with the Eyre Highway receiving particular attention'.

Mr Brown said that while the $161.2 million represented direct Federal Government spending on roads and some urban transport projects, a further $50 million had been indentified as Commonwealth spending on local roads.

This money would be paid to Western Australia's local authorities as a component of Federal Financial Assistance Grants for 1992-93.

For further information, contact Max Martin (06) 274 7219

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ROADS PROGRAM WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1992-93 SPENDING HIGHLIGHTS

National Highway System

GREAT EASTERN/COOLGARDIE-ESPERANCE/EYRE HIGHWAYS

Reconstruction and widening M adura to SA border including at M adura Pass an d Eucla pass ... $5.05m

Reconstruction between Norseman and BaUadonia -28 Mile HiU section ... $3.9m

($0.3m earmarked in 1993/94)

M aintenance Perth to SA border ... $19.6m

GREAT NORTHERN/VICTORIA HIGHWAYS

Reconstruction between M eekatharra ' _ ' '

and NT/W A border ... $26.06m

M aintenance Perth - NT border ... $49.69m

OTHER MAJOR ROADWORKS

(Urban) Roe Highway ... $14.4m

($8.23 earmarked in 1993/94)

Kwinana Freeway ' ■ ' ... $5.66m

($8.33m earmarked in 1993/94)

Reid Highway ... $1.65m

($10.70m earmarked in 1993/94)

Albany Highway(Perth) ... $13.89m

($6.69m earmarked in 1993/94)

(Rural) Albany Highway ... $4.94m

($3.50m earm arked in 1993/94)

B rand Highway ... $2.06m

Bunbury- Augusta Road

Builara-G iralia (Exm outh) Road

M ining Access Roads Kalgoortie-Meekatharra Road/Marble Bar Road

Provincial Cities and R ural Highways

Accident 'Black Spot' eradication .

... $4.42m

... $2.68m

... $10.29m

... $ llm

... $7.9m

URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

W estern Australian allocation ... $7.5m

NOTES: (1) Does not include Federal Assistance Grants to councils for roads. ,

(2) Projects in italics have been advanced with the assistance of One Nation spending.

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ROAD SPENDING WESTERN AUSTRALIA $161.2m

O ne Nation C om ponent $44.9m

PERTH - DARWIN CORRIDOR 1992-93 $49.4m

. rehabllttation/reconstructlon . Muchea · Wubin . Wubin - Meekatharra . Halls Creek · Wyndham turn · oft . widening/bridge replacement

BULLARA-GIRALIA ROAD (Exmouth A ccess Road) $2.6m Funded a s a Major Arterial Road

(m a jo r a r t e r ia l r o a d s

1992-93 $62.76m (One Nation com ponent $38.2m)

. Albany Highway . Kwinana Freeway . Reid Highway . Roe Highway . Bunbury Highway .

. Bunbury · Augusta Road . Brand Highway

MINING ACCESS ROADS . Marble Bar Road ·

. Leinster · Meekatharra Road

OTHER EXPENDITURE

'BLACK SPOTS' One Nation Component $7.9m

Provincial Cities and Rural Highways 1992-93 S11.0m

Augusta

NATIONAL HIGHWAY

NATIONAL ARTERIAL

PILBARA Z KIMBERLEY (Great Northern Highway)

. Federal Government to spend $lOOm over the long term on Perth/ Darwin corridor

PERTH - ADELAIDE CORRIDOR 1992-93 $19.6m ’

(One Nation com ponent $t.5m)

. Eyre Highway .

. reconstruction/widening between Norseman and SA Border

Urban Public Transport 1992-93 $7.5m