- $15 million for upgrades to agricultural lime sand (Aglime) routes
Important Aglime transport networks in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia will be upgraded, thanks to a $15 million Liberal National Government investment announced today.
The Royalties for Regions investment will facilitate the safe and efficient cartage of Aglime from coastal areas, where it is sourced, to inland agricultural areas of Western Australia.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said that Aglime was a critical component of agriculture in Western Australia and helped farmers counteract the effects of soil acidification.
"It has been identified that soil acidity could cost the Western Australian agricultural sector in excess of $1.6 billion per annum if not addressed properly," Mr Redman said.
"However, if it is properly addressed, it could increase the value of the sector by over $500 million per annum.
"The investment in the Aglime Routes Upgrade project will support the safe and efficient travel of freight vehicles and other road users while minimising logistical costs for the industry."
Transport Minister Bill Marmion welcomed the announcement, confirming the upgrade would improve priority sections of roads and related intersections between Lancelin and Goomalling.
"The project will see junction improvements on Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway and Great Northern Highway delivered by Main Roads WA as well as local road improvements, being delivered by the relevant local authorities," Mr Marmion said.
Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said lime incorporation on acid soils was imperative for productive cropping programs and business profitability.
"Delivering lime from source to point of application in a timely and cost effective manner is essential," Mr Lewis said.
"Producers will benefit from more efficient and safer transport of lime from coastal to inland areas."
- This project will complete upgrades to local government roads and junctions with Main Roads WA roads in the Wheatbelt region
- Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https://rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Transport Minister's office - 6552 6800
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400