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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 678 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 March 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Question Directed to the: Minister for Regional Development
Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

(1) In the understanding that the Minister will be aware of a 9 March 2018 10.08am posting on the Facebook Page of ABC Goldfields-Esperance, does the Minister agree with the statement attributed to transport and mining companies that the deterioration of the Kurnalpi-Pinjin and Yarri Roads, east of the city, is putting drivers lives at risk and causing thousands of dollars damage to equipment?
(2) Is the Minister able to report progress on the necessary repairs to the Kurnalpi-Pinjin and Yarri Roads?

Answered on 11 April 2018

  1. I am aware that there is deterioration to sections of the Kurnalpi-Pinjin and Yarri Roads that require routine maintenance.
  2. The Kurnalpi-Pinjin and Yarri Roads are both local roads under the jurisdiction of local government, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. And the City is best placed to provide an up to date on progress.I understand that the roads provide access to pastoral settlements and the Tropicana Gold Mine that is situated approximately 330 kilometres northeast of Kalgoorlie. The Kurnalpi-Pinjin Road is used by heavy vehicles to transport mining equipment, fuel, chemicals and general freight to the Tropicana Mine.  The roads are eligible for funding through the State Roads Funds. It is my understanding that the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder applied for and received funding in the 2017-18 financial year to improve the formation and condition of both the Kurnalpi-Pinjin and Yarri roads.  I also understand that the owners of the Tropicana mine (Ashanti Gold and Independence Group) have contributed towards the upgrade of the Kurnalpi-Pinjin Road.  I have been advised that the Yarri Road is currently being sealed with completion expected within weeks.