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Question Without Notice No. 500 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 May 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 May 2019

MEEKATHARRA–WILUNA ROAD — SEALING

500. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Lands:

(1) Can the minister point to a budget line item related to the sealing of the Wiluna–Meekatharra road?

(2) If no to (1), what plan does the government have for sealing the road?

(3) Will the minister confirm that successive Western Australian governments have failed to seal the road in the 62 years since the closure of the Wiluna–Meekatharra rail line?

(4) What studies have been conducted on the costs and benefits of sealing the Wiluna–Meekatharra road?

(5) Is the minister able to table such studies?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(5) The McGowan government recognises the importance of the Wiluna–Meekatharra road as a key transport link between the northern goldfields and the midwest, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions. Earlier this month, the Minister for Transport met with the Shire of Wiluna where a proposition was presented to undertake a pilot project to seal the initial four kilometres of the road leading out from the Wiluna town site. This would then connect to an existing 10-kilometre section of sealed road that finishes approximately 15 kilometres west of the town. This project would be undertaken using a direct management delivery model, which would help promote regional growth through the provision of employment, training and business opportunities for the local Aboriginal community. Discussions are underway in relation to this proposal.