Red Dog road on the cards

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A change of name to hon­our a Pil­bara le­gend has been mooted for what is hoped will one day be­come a ma­jor re­gional route for lo­cals and tourists.

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel raised the idea of chang­ing the name of the Kar­ratha-Tom Price Road to Red Dog High­way with WA Pre­mier Mark McGowan last week, and re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse.

Mr Michel said the change of name would do won­ders in pro­mot­ing the Pil­bara.

“It is some­thing I have put to the Pre­mier to see if we can change that name,” he said.

“I think it would be a good thing for tourism and it would be a good thing for the Pil­bara.”

Mr McGowan said the name change was an “in­no­va­tive” idea.

“Think of all those tourists in car­a­vans sit­ting in Mel­bourne — they are look­ing where to go and they see the Red Dog High­way,” Mr McGowan said.

“They have seen the movie, they know the story, so this is a ter­rific idea.”

The State Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted to seal­ing the next stage of the road from the end of the tar­mac on the Kar­ratha side to the Flin­ders mine site.

It is hoped, if done in time, the road seal will en­able the mine site to em­ploy a drive-in, drive-out work­force.

The full length of the road con­nects Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park through Tom Price, Mill­stream-Chich­ester Na­tional Park and Mu­ru­juga Na­tional Park via Kar­ratha, mak­ing it a po­ten­tially valu­able tourist route.

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