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Question Without Notice No. 693 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 August 2018 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

GRAIN TRANSPORT — ROADS

693. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

Regarding the questions I asked the Minister for Transport on Tuesday, 21 August 2018, I was not happy with the answers given. In no way did they answer the questions I asked, so I will ask them again.

(1) Does the state government believe that the grain transport routes are currently sufficient to handle an expected record grain harvest?

(2) If no to (1), what infrastructure is required to cater for the task in order to reduce related road accidents, potential fatalities and further damage to current road transport routes?

Further, in reference to the answers given on Tuesday, I have some follow-up questions.

(3) Can the minister please specify which record the Minister for Transport was referring to when she said, ''the government has a record road spending program''?

(4) Can the minister tell us, in dollar figures —

(a) how much was the previous record amount spent;

(b) what year was that previous record spending;

(c) how much of this ''record road spending program'' is being spent in regional areas; and

(d) how much of this ''record road spending program'' is being spent on roads that will specifically be utilised to transport grain?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1) Yes. Main Roads WA has spent in the order of $118 million over the last six years on the grain freight road improvement program. Extensive repairs, resealing and pavement rehabilitation works were completed in the wheatbelt region in 2017–18, with ongoing pavement rehabilitation and pavement repairs budgeted for in 2018–19.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The minister was referring to the 2018–19 road program allocation of $1.877 billion.

(4) (a) The previous record amount spent was $1.834 billion.

(b) In 2012–13.

(c) The amount of $912 million for the 2018–19 road program allocation.

(d) Grain is transported on many roads across the state in both regional and metropolitan areas. The road network is not categorised on the basis of whether it is used for grain transportation and therefore Main Roads is unfortunately not able to outline how much is being spent on roads that will specifically be utilised to transport grain.