Transport Minister Eric Charlton today announced the formation of an independent community review group to monitor the TransformWA expanded road construction program.
"Since we came to Government in 1993 we have lifted funding from $320 million a year to $680 million a year and we believe it is appropriate that the community plays a role in helping oversee completion of the projects," Mr Charlton said.
"We think it is vital that an independent representitives from rural and regional communities take part in the process of making sure the State's transport infrastructure program is carried out effectively.
"The key role of the independent group will be to maintain a watching brief over the total WA road program on behalf of communities around the State."
Mr Charlton said Lake Grace farmer Allan Marshall would be the inaugural chairman of the group. Other members are:
· Ron Yurevich, ( Kalgoorlie);
· Frank Marley,(Merredin);
· Ross Atkins, (Meekatharra);
· Peter McCumstey, (Derby); and -
· Sheenagh Collins, (Hyden).
Mr Charlton said a further name would be added shortly to represent metropolitan communities.
He said the group was particularly relevant following the Government's TransformWA initiative announced earlier this year.
"The $1.3 billion TransformWA program is a major State Government initiative which will, over the next 10 years, see a total of 34 key projects constructed around Western Australia in addition to the extensive road program already in place," the Minister said.
"The Major Roads Review Group will fill the void between Main RoadsWA and the Parliament and ensure that the programs initiated by this Government are kept on track.
"Communities will be able to use this independent group as a reference point through which they can raise concerns should they arise."
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