GRAIN TRANSPORT —
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
(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
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
(b) what year was that previous
(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?
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