Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Funding for Pilbara roadworks

    5/08/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    The State Government has allocated almost $7.5 million for major roadworks north east of Tom Price.
     
    Transport Minister Pam Beggs today said tenders recently had closed for a contract to build and seal 15km of part of the link for the Marandoo iron ore project.  The road also would provide access to the Karijini national park.
     
    Mrs Beggs said the road, designed by Main Roads Pilbara staff, would minimise the impact on the environment and maximise views to the park.
     
    Construction would begin in October and take about 26 weeks.
     
    Mrs Beggs said the work was being undertaken because the Federal Government's national roads program announced last week had freed up funds.
     
    "The Commonwealth will contribute $10.29 million for two key mining access roads," she said.
     
    "These are the Marble Bar and the Kalgoorlie-Meekatharra roads.
     
    "This means Main Roads has been able to use other funds to meet commitments outlined in the Pilbara Road Development strategy released in 1988."
     
    Mrs Beggs said recent comments by Port Hedland Mayor Karen Merrin that the State Government had reduced its funding for roads in the Pilbara did not take into account the Commonwealth contribution.
     
    "The fact that the Commonwealth is providing additional money under its national program means the State Government can channel funds into projects that otherwise may not have been able to go ahead this year," she said.
     
    As well as the Tom Price roadworks, the 1992-93 Main Roads program included about $22.6 million for construction and maintenance of roads in the Pilbara.
     
    State funding had increased more than $5 million over 1991-92 levels.  This was in line with Commonwealth increases.