- $12.5 million pledged for Broome to Cape Leveque Road
- Upgrades to improve road safety and access for remote communities
- Project to provide training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people
- Construction to generate about 80 jobs
The $65 million project to seal the Broome to Cape Leveque Road is now fully funded with the Liberal National Government committing $12.5 million in the Mid-year Review, in addition to the Commonwealth's contribution of $52.5 million.
Premier Colin Barnett said constructing an all-weather sealed road from Broome to the communities on the Dampier Peninsula would deliver many benefits for the people living there, including better access to community services.
"The project will also provide training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the region and generate around 80 jobs during the four-year construction period, in addition to boosting tourism and business opportunities in Broome and the Kimberley," Mr Barnett said.
"The improvement works include constructing and bitumen-sealing the unsealed sections of the road, reconstructing the existing narrow sealed section near Broome Highway, and upgrading the intersection at Broome Highway."
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said construction works were planned to commence during the 2017 Kimberley dry season once all the conditions of the environmental and heritage approvals had been met.
"Main Roads will be managing the project on behalf of the Shire of Broome and will be meeting with the communities and businesses to include local involvement in the delivery of the project," Mr Marmion said.
The Commonwealth's contribution of $52.5 million towards the $65 million project will come from the Northern Australia Roads Programme.
- The road from Broome to Cape Leveque is 200km, of which 110km is already sealed
- The remaining 90km will be sealed in stages at a cost of $65 million
- There are an estimated 1,425 people living in 71 Aboriginal communities on the Dampier Peninsula
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