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. The plan of the northern roundabout shows the new road layout and the species to be used in an extensive revegetation and landscaping program.


Latest news

Stage Two

Construction work on Stage Two of the Margaret River Perimeter Road will start this week (from 11 September 2017). Our contractor is Margaret River Perimeter Road (MRPR) Joint Venture, comprising WBHO Infrastructure and SRG Civil Pty Ltd, and they will construct:

  • 5.2 km of perimeter road to connect to Stage One at Rosa Brook intersection 
  • 2.3 km long John Archibald Drive and roundabout connection with the perimeter road
  • the roundabout north of Margaret River and associated road connections 
  • a new entrance road to the airport 
  • a 96 m long road bridge and a separate footbridge on the Darch Trail.

The MRPR Joint Venture will be using local contractors and workers, and local services such as accommodation, fuel and meals. Generally, work hours will be 7am-5pm Monday to Saturday. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2018. Once complete, the Shire can start the important upgrade to the town’s main street.

In August 2017, a $22.8 million contract to construct Stage Two was awarded to MRPR Joint Venture, comprising WBHO Infrastructure and SRG Civil Pty Ltd. Once complete, the road will take the majority of heavy vehicles and inter-regional traffic off the main street of Margaret River, increasing safety and amenity in the town. It will also enable the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River to start the redevelopment of the town centre.

The drilling and blasting operation to excavate the hard underlying rock near the high-voltage power line north of the river prepared the site for construction of Stage Two.

These 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.

Read our September Project Overview.


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
​August 2017​Contract awarded for Stage Two
September 2017​Construction is expected to commence
​December 2018​Estimated completion
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.



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. 


Community engagement background

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

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 has been 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
  • 4 September 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.


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: 22 Sep 2017