Regions on Government’s radar
Regional WA is set for better telecommunications, accurate weather data and superior commodity freight roads as part of a new $106 million investment by the State Government to support the growth of the agricultural and food production sectors.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said a list of priority projects had been identified by the State Government-commissioned Infrastructure Audit to identify gaps and constraints in major infrastructure, and to determine strategic opportunities to increase production and add value to premium agrifood products.
Finalised last March, the audit listed 17 priority infrastructure projects that would help achieve the target of doubling the value of WA’s agrifood sector by 2025. These are being funded through the Government’s Royalties for Regions program
Mr Redman said $16.3 million would be spent sealing the remaining 7.5km of the Moonamang Road connecting Kununurra to Legune Station in the Northern Territory.
In WA, 41km of the road was sealed as part of the State Government’s support for stage two of the Ord Irrigation expansion project, but the remaining gravel section is unpassable in wet conditions.
Mr Redman said sealing the road would provide the transport infrastructure required to facilitate further expansion of the Ord Irrigated Agriculture development.
Further south, $48 million has been allocated for upgrading roads relied on for carting agricultural commodities. Meanwhile, $15 million will be spent upgrading roads used for carting agricultural lime sand from the coastal areas, where it is sourced to inland agricultural areas, resulting in safer and more efficient cartage.
Finally, $5 million has been designated for the upgrading of existing weather radars in Geraldton, Esperance and Albany to Doppler radar, providing more accurate and timely weather information.