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Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Page: 3118


Mr HASTIE (Canning) (13:35): Last week I had the privilege of opening the Beenyup Brook bridge in Byford. During the 2015 Canning by-election, the coalition committed $1.7 million to this project under the Bridges Renewal Program. On average, 5,000 vehicles use this bridge on the South Western Highway each day, of which about 15 per cent are heavy vehicles. Before the Turnbull government delivered this new bridge, overweight trucks above the load restrictions were forced to bypass Beenyup Brook through the streets in the surrounding suburb of Byford. This long detour meant increased noise, safety concerns and general traffic congestion for many of the families who live in Byford.

The Turnbull government is delivering key infrastructure that improves the lives of everyday Australians. The delivery of this bridge means families no longer face the safety risk and inconvenience of heavy haulage trucks travelling past their homes. This bridge will increase freight efficiency, improve road safety and reduce business costs into the future, and the project also led to the creation of 100 jobs at the peak of its construction. The Beenyup Brook bridge is vital to the growth of Byford, which is part of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale—one of Australia's fastest growing local government areas. It shows that the Turnbull government is committed to delivering real projects for the Australian people.