Cape Leveque Road up­grade near

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Clear­ing and earth­works are due to start next month as part of the $65 mil­lion project to seal the Broome to Cape Leveque Road on the Dampier Penin­sula in full.

Main Roads, which is man­ag­ing the works on be­half of the Shire of Broome, said last week it was still “plan­ning to com­mence work es­tab­lish­ing nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture for the project on-site in July”.

The re­main­ing un­sealed 90km sec­tion of the 200km road will be bi­tu­minised in stages, with work ex­pected to take up to four years.

About 1425 peo­ple live in 71 Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties on the Dampier Penin­sula, which is also home to sev­eral tourist des­ti­na­tions and in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing pearling.

Main Roads re­gional man­ager Gerry Zoetelief said the road de­sign for the north­ern sec­tion was al­most com­plete and con­di­tions of en­vi­ron­men­tal and her­itage ap­provals were be­ing ad­dressed in con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers.

For­mer WA Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett said the joint Fed­eral and State-funded project would pro­vide train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for indige­nous peo­ple in the re­gion and gen­er­ate about 80 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion.

Mr Zoetelief said that process was in mo­tion through con­sul­ta­tion with com­mu­ni­ties and was a key Gov­ern­ment ob­jec­tive.

He said Nyul Nyul rangers from Bea­gle Bay had been en­gaged for road­kill mon­i­tor­ing sur­veys and bilby re­search as per en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proval con­di­tions in the leadup to the up­grade. “It is planned that clear­ing and earth­works will com­mence at the cur­rent end of the sealed sec­tion south of Bea­gle Bay in Au­gust and pro­ceed in a southerly di­rec­tion un­til the wet sea­son stops work for this year,” he said.

“Works will recom­mence in 2018 af­ter the end of the wet sea­son and con­di­tions im­prove. It is an­tic­i­pated that road works will take three to four years com­plete.”

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