Labor commits to Albany Ring Road funding

Half a million dollars has been pledged toward planning and detailing the remaining two stages of WA’s Albany Ring Road

March 21, 2012

Labor has committed $500,000 to planning and detailing the remaining two stages of Western Australia's Albany Ring Road, which aims to improve freight movement into and out of the port.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the Federal Government agreed to cover half the $1 million cost of planning the remaining two stages of the road.

He says the road’s completion will allow better access to Mirambeena industrial estate, take trucks and cars off local streets and deliver safer, less-congested driving conditions along the Albany and south coast highways.

"The balance of the required planning money will come from the Western Australian Government, with funding for construction to be considered as part of future budgets once this work has been completed and accurate costings obtained," Albanese says.

He says the ring road's first stage was fast-tracked to support the region's rapidly expanding plantation woodchip industry, giving exporters more direct access to the port as well as the chip mills at Mirambeena.

"All up, the Federal Labor Government is investing $3.7 billion over six years to modernise and extend Western Australia's road and rail infrastructure, almost double what the former Howard Government spent over a similar period of time," Albanese says.

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