- $48m investment in local government roads to support the agrifood industry
- Part of the $350m Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative
The Liberal National Government will invest $48 million into a dedicated local government roads fund to improve agricultural commodity routes.
The investment is part of a wider $75 million Infrastructure Investment Fund for agriculture infrastructure across regional Western Australia.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said that Royalties for Regions was investing in areas that addressed the supply chain constraints in delivering agricultural produce to market.
"Royalties for Regions is further supporting the growth of the State's agriculture and food sector, continuing both industry and the State Government's efforts under the Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative," Mr Redman said.
"In 2014-15, WA exported $7.8 billion in agriculture and food products and the rising global demand for food presents an exciting opportunity for the sector in the State.
"Improving road networks transporting agricultural commodities such as grain, livestock, vegetables and organic foods will ensure we take advantage of this opportunity and continue towards the State Government's goal of doubling the value of the agrifood industry by 2025.
"Royalties for Regions is focused on making these strategic investments to support the growth, sustainability and performance of agriculture and food businesses in regional WA."
Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said, in a State where transport distances could be immense, costs associated with delivery to port could be a significant proportion of overall costs.
"A strong road network is a vital component of an efficient supply chain required to drive agricultural competitiveness and exports," Mr Lewis said.
"Improving road networks for agricultural commodities will reduce existing inefficiencies in delivering agricultural produce to market."
- Part of the $75m Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture Infrastructure Investment Fund
- Agriculture continues to be the lifeblood of rural and regional communities and is a significant source of employment, providing jobs for 32,600 West Australians
- Local governments can apply for funding through their Regional Roads Groups, as part of the State Roads Funds to Local Government process, administered in partnership with Main Roads WA
- Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https://rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400