The last unsealed section of the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra will be sealed, following the announcement of a $60 million Royalties for Regions investment and a collaboration between local government, regional development and the State Government.
The collaborative approach to the work means it will be possible to seal the highway to an agreed standard using a partnership delivery model to complete the work within a short timeframe.
This approach will provide flow-on benefits for local communities during and post construction, through the engagement of local and regional suppliers during the project.
The Goldfields Highway sealing project will see the 180 kilometres of road between Wiluna and Meekatharra sealed, greatly improving local accessibility, freight and economic opportunities in the region.
Sealing this section will reduce the travel distance to the Pilbara region by almost 140km when compared with the distance via the Mount Magnet to Leinster Road, which has previously been the shortest sealed road route.
Works are planned to commence in 2017/18 and delivered over a three-year period.
Goldfields Highway is a state highway that extends almost 800km from south of Kambalda in the Goldfields to Meekatharra in the State's Mid West. The section between Wiluna and Meekatharra is 180km in length, and is an important east-west transport link between the Northern Goldfields and the Mid West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions.
The highway is an important piece of infrastructure in facilitating connectivity between the regions, and aiding resource and mining development. The proposal to seal the road was considered in the recent PortLink Planning Study that was undertaken to review the feasibility of upgrading transport infrastructure in the Goldfields and Mid West regions.
There are several benefits that will occur as a result of this sealing project, including:
Mid West and Goldfields Esperance Regional Blueprints
We welcome any queries from the community. If you would like further information, please contact: Maria Trethewey Goldfields-Esperance Region Phone: (08) 9080 1400