Margaret River Perimeter Road


Project Objective

The key objective of this project is to provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles around the Town of Margaret River. Removing heavy vehicles from the town centre will reduce congestion and enhance safety for pedestrians and local traffic in the commercial and tourist precinct.

The concept plan outlines the route and key connections.


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Stage Two

The drilling and blasting operation to excavate the hard underlying rock near the high-voltage power line north of the river (see map) is now complete.

We sincerely thank the community for their cooperation during this period. 

These works will allow the Stage Two contractor to commence construction of the road and the bridges in July and ensure the April 2018 completion date is achieved.

Interim works included:

  • Establishment of the Bramley lay down area close to the airstrip;
  • Removal of mulch and topsoil from the road reserve between Margaret River and Airport Creek to re-use during landscaping;
  • Construction of a 125 m culvert adjacent to the pine plantation (at Airport Creek in the vicinity of the high voltage power line north of the river);
  • Stockpiling of feature rock for use in rehabilitation and landscaping works;
  • Construction of the large fill area.
  • Ongoing excavation of the large rock cutting on the northern side of the river; and
  • Manufacture of rock products for use at the bridge site, drainage structures and protection of table drains.

We are aiming to maximise sustainability outcomes for this project by re-using materials from the interim works in construction of Stage Two. We will be discussing this further with the Shire and the community as works progress.


Contract works

The contract to deliver Stage Two works will be a ‘“construct only’” contract. The contract includes the construction of 5.2 km of perimeter road to connect to Stage 1 at Rosa Brook intersection, construction of 2.3 km long John Archibald Drive and roundabout connection with the perimeter road , the northern roundabout and associated road connections, a new entrance road to the airport, an 80m long road bridge and a footbridge on the Darch Trail.

Tenders were called in early March and close in late April, with view to contract award in June, followed by commencement in July.

Project Schedule
​Timeframe​Expected Milestones
​December 2015​State Government announced funding for Stage Two
​October 2016 to April 2017Interim works
​March 2017​Public tenders called
July 2017​Construction is expected to commence
​April 2018​Estimated completion
Funding announcement

Regional development Minister Terry Redman and Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced on 23 December 2015, that $58.26 million had been provided to complete the Margaret River Perimeter Road. Funding has been allocated from the Royalties for Regions-funded Growing our South initiative.

This final stage involves construction of 5.2 km of road north from Rosa Brook Road to Bussell Highway, north of the Margaret River townsite, and will allow heavy vehicles to bypass the town centre.

Minister Redman said completion of the perimeter road would get the trucks off the main street and allow for improvements to the town centre, which until now had not been possible.

Stage One

Stage One of the Margaret River Perimeter Road was opened to traffic on 7 May 2015, and included a 1.8 km section from Bussell Highway, south of the town, to Rosa Brook Road.

Main Roads sincerely thanks Margaret River residents, businesses and all road users for their patience and consideration during construction.


Community Engagement Activities

A community consultation and information program has been underway since the end of July 2011.

Interim works communication included holding briefings with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Riverslea Estate residents, Hairy Marron cafe, tour operators and trail users. Our community Reference Group also had a site visit on 21 November 2016.

We have prepared a communications and engagement plan for Stage Two construction to ensure residents and businesses in the community are updated. There will be impacts from the works, and we will provide more information in coming months. We have been discussing there with the Shire to ensure we work together to minimise community impacts.

We invite you to be placed on our email database for project updates. Please send you details to Carolyn Walker -

A Community Reference Group was established in 2012 and is continuing to provide representative input into the project on behalf of the community.  The CRG is involved in some elements of the detailed design process, including noise mitigation, landscaping, walk trails and environmental aspects. The group includes representatives from: Margaret River Chamber of Commerce, Leeuwin Conservation Group Margaret River Business Centre, Riverslea Estate, Darch Road and Rosa Brook communities, Shire of Augusta Margaret River, and walking and cycling groups.

The CRG met on:

  • 26 March 2013
  • 17 June 2013
  • 16 September 2013
  • 9 December 2013
  • 11 August 2014
  • 9 February 2015
  • 18 May 2015
  • 15 February 2016
  • 4 July 2016
  • 21 November 2016
  • 3 April 2017

We sincerely appreciate the following representatives who have donated their time to attend meetings and provide input on behalf of the Margaret River community:

​Colin Ashton​Community
​Steve Brake​Margaret River Chamber of Commerce
​David Glasson​Riverslea Community
​Ian Chidgey​Riverslea Community
​Andrei Koeppen​Southern Section Community
Gail Gifford​Rosa Brook Community
​Barbara Maidment​Margaret River Business Centre
​David McInerney​Community
​Tracy Skippings (proxy: Rod Whittle)​Leeuwin Environment Centre
​Loraine Teasdale​Community
​Dave Willcox​Community
​Pam Townshend​Councillor, Shire of Augusta Margaret River

In addition to the CRG, we have been working with key stakeholders, including State Government agencies and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, directly affected landowners (that is, those whose properties are impacted by the alignment), local environmental group representatives and other community members.

We welcome any opportunity to provide briefings to any groups or organisations in the Margaret River community. 



The need for an alternate route for heavy vehicles to bypass the commercial and tourist precinct dates back to at least the 1980s. Several alignments to the east and west of the town site were examined and in 2008, an alignment to the east of town was identified and has general landowner and Council support. This alignment was approved by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) in 2011 and forms the basis of our concept designs and planning studies.

Upgrading the existing Bussell Highway in Margaret River was not considered to be a viable option as this main street is significantly constrained by development, and upgrading would not provide the necessary separation of inter-regional and local traffic.



The Margaret River Perimeter Road is 7 km long and extends from the Airport Access Road north of Margaret River, linking back to the Bussell Highway south of Margaret River, 1 km south of Rosa Brook Road.

The road has been planned as a four lane dual carriageway, but will be constructed initially as a two lane single carriageway with major roundabouts at the northern and southern intersections with Bussell Highway, and additional intersections at:

  • Airport Access;
  • John Archibald Drive;
  • Rosa Brook Road (east and west) ; and
  • A Light Industrial Area Access.

The scope included assessment of environmental and heritage areas to ensure any impacts are minimised.



Having a coffee or meal in the town centre and crossing the street to go shopping without trucks thundering by are two key activities many locals and visitors are looking forward to once the perimeter road is constructed. Local traffic will find it easier to travel through the town centre.

Improving safety is the key objective of the project, which will be achieved by providing an alternative route for heavy vehicles around the town site. Separating inter-regional and local traffic will also reduce congestion in the main street. Benefits include:

  • Reduced traffic flows, conflict and congestion, and improved safety on Bussell Highway;
  • Allow town scaping of the main street to significantly reduce safety risks and improve the ambiance, accessibility and enjoyment by residents and visitors to the Region;
  • Allow intersection treatments, such as a roundabout at Wallcliffe Road, to improve safety and improve the flow of traffic both within the town site and to surrounding tourist areas;
  • Allow to land use development and growth as outlined in the Local Planning Strategy;
  • Provide an alternative, high standard, free flowing route for local and inter-regional traffic not needing to travel through the Margaret River town site, resulting in reduced travel times to other regional destination and increased transport efficiency.


Environmental Approvals

Clearing approval for the project was issued in late 2014 by the Department of Environment Regulation (DER).  The DER assessment was based on the documents listed below:


We investigated the development of an 8.24 hectare strategic gravel resource within Gravel and Rubbish Disposal Reserve (Reserve 30 088) located on Vlam Road, Forest Grove. Material from this site will be used to construct sections of the Margaret River Perimeter Road, John Archibald Drive and other Main Roads projects in the area.  An allocation of gravel has also been provided to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

After an assessment of the impacts of developing this pit, we obtained environmental approvals from both the State and Commonwealth governments in late 2014 and early 2015.  Approximately half of the approved pit area has been developed and material for future roadworks has been crushed and stockpiled ready for use.

As part of the environmental approvals process the following documents are provided for review and comment:

The Vlam Road gravel pit will be rehabilitated and revegetated at the completion of gravel crushing.  The rehabilitation of the pit will be as per the Revegetation Strategy.

Compliance reports prepared for the Vlam Road Gravel Resource Pit are available for review below:


Further Information

For further information please contact:

Carolyn Walker, Community Relations Consultant

Phone: (08) 9450 1445 (8am to 6pm only)

After hours: 138 138


Contracting or supplier enquiries

Tel: 138 138



Modified: 17 May 2017