$50m seals deal for road

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Seal­ing of the Kar­ratha to Tom Price Road is slated to be­gin in the 2018 dry sea­son fol­low­ing con­fir­ma­tion of fund­ing to get the next stage of the project on track.

The State Govern­ment hon­oured its elec­tion com­mit­ment in last week’s State Bud­get, di­rect­ing $50 mil­lion to get stage three sealed.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said she was con­fi­dent the re­main­ing leg­work would be com­pleted in time to start lay­ing down tar­mac next year.

“We have done the work and we be­lieve stage three can be done for that amount of money,” she said.

“We are now talk­ing to min­ing com­pa­nies and the Fed­eral Govern­ment about how we might get some as­sis­tance on (stage four funds).” North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said the $50 mil­lion was wel­come but un­likely to go far.

“$50 mil­lion is wel­come, but it falls well short of the $350-$600 mil­lion needed to com­plete the road,” he said.

Mr Cata­nia said the State Govern­ment had to en­sure lo­cal busi­nesses were used to build the road.

The road seal is crit­i­cal in or­der to at­tract a drive-in, drive-out work­force from the pro­posed Flin­ders Mine site to Kar­ratha and Tom Price.

In Par­lia­ment last week, Swan Hills MLA Jes­sica Shaw said the State Govern­ment would bring on a Bill “very shortly” to progress a State Agree­ment with BBI Group.

“That project alone will de­liver 3300 con­struc­tion jobs and 900 on­go­ing jobs,” she said. “We need to send a very clear mes­sage that in­vest­ing in West­ern Aus­tralia is se­cure, the in­vest­ments can be counted on, and the terms of agree­ments will be hon­oured and, if they need to change as cir­cum­stances do, that will be ne­go­ti­ated.”

A BBI Group spokesman de­clined to pro­vide an update on the project but wel­comed fund­ing to seal the road.

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