$9.045 million Royalties for Regions funding to build Gascoyne River Crossing
Essential infrastructure will drastically reduce road closure times
New crossing improving accessibility to the town, shire and region
Disruptions in the Gascoyne region due to floods will be significantly reduced, with the Liberal National Government today announcing $9.045 million of Royalties for Regions investment to construct a new low-level bridge system over the Gascoyne River at Gascoyne Junction.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said this Royalties for Regions investment would provide surety of access to essential services and amenities at Gascoyne Junction.
"The crossing at Gascoyne Junction is vital for the inland transport corridor linking the Pilbara and Gascoyne and providing access to Carnarvon and the rest of the State," Mr Redman said.
"In times of flooding, the existing structure is unreliable and essentially splits the town in two, leaving some residents with no access to facilities including school and health services."
The Gascoyne River Crossing - Gascoyne Junction project will provide a safe and reliable crossing in all but extreme flood events, improving vehicle access for the mining industry, pastoralists, residents and tourists in the region.
The Gascoyne River is prone to flooding and the current crossing, originally built in the 1950s, contributes to an average annual road closure time of 33 days, causing severe economic and social impact.
"The necessary detours of up to 700 kilometres is a significant detractor for potential commercial and tourist road users who would seek to avoid an increased travel time of up to 11 hours," the Minister said.
The project, managed by the Shire of Upper Gascoyne, is ready for construction, with critical work expected to be completed prior to the cyclone season and finalised by mid-2017.
Gascoyne Junction was recently rebuilt and revitalised after the town was severely damaged during the December 2010 floods
The total project budget is $10.945 million and consists of a $9.045 million Royalties for Regions investment, with $949,000 from the Commonwealth Roads to Recovery program and $951,000 from the Shire of Upper Gascoyne
The project will provide surety of gas supply to WA consumers via access to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline CS4 compressor station
Gascoyne Junction is the northern gateway to iconic WA tourist destinations
Minister's office - 6552 6700