Work begins on $65m road project
Work has begun on building a bitumen road to improve access between Broome and a number of indigenous communities and tourist destinations.
A traditional smoking ceremony on the Dampier Peninsula last Friday signalled the start of clearing and earthworks to the Broome to Cape Leveque Road, which is due to be sealed later this year.
The local government road will undergo a $65 million upgrade to bitumenise the remaining middle section of its 192km length.
Main Roads WA have managed its construction on behalf of the Shire of Broome.
The unsealed 92km stretch of dirt is known for its rough driving conditions and had led to a number of fatalities.
It is often closed in the region’s wet season because of flooding and erosion.
MRWA said sealing works were due to start by the middle of the year and would take three to four years to complete.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, who attended last Friday’s ceremony, said the project would create a number of opportunities for tourism and employment for the region.
“The trip from Broome to the top of the peninsula can take many hours in a car and is a particularly rough, dusty journey,” she said.
“It will be a challenging project but the road will be built in stages, providing sufficient time for local communities to prepare for the anticipated increase in traffic and visitors to the area.”
The Federal and State-funded project had created full-time work for 20 Aboriginal people, with 20 per cent of subcontract works undertaken by Aboriginal businesses.
The Dampier Peninsula, well known for its tourism hotspots, is home to about 1425 people in 71 indigenous communities.
It will be a challenging project but the road will be built in stages. Rita Saffioti
Divers T a vern head chef Mathew Chambers with the venue’s famous steak s a n d wich. Picture: Jakeb Waddell Photo available at westpix.com.au