- Major election commitment to seal final 5.45km of Bidyadanga Access Road underway
- Upgrades include improving local airstrip, providing all-weather access for medical care
- Partnership between Main Roads and Kullari Regional Communities Inc. to create training opportunities for local Bidyadanga community
- Sealing of the road is expected to be completed by late 2018
The McGowan Labor Government is delivering on a major election commitment to seal the final 5.45km of the 12.9km Bidyadanga Access Road, which connects Great Northern Highway south of Broome to the Bidyadanga remote community.
The upgrades are estimated to cost approximately $3 million, marking a saving of $1 million.
The remaining $1 million savings will be redirected to improve the local airstrip, ensuring all-weather access to WA's largest Aboriginal community.
Medical services including health clinic visits, access by primary care workers and medical evacuations use the air strip to provide care to the community.
While the air strip performs adequately in dry conditions, it often closes in wet weather due to water pooling in the aircraft landing areas, resulting in cancellation of these important services.
These upgrades will ensure the community has reliable access all year round to important medical services.
A partnership between Main Roads and Kullari Regional Communities Incorporated (KRCI) is under way for the construction of the road and airstrip.
The partnership will provide employment and training opportunities for local Aboriginal people from the Bidyadanga community, assisting in increasing Aboriginal participation in the delivery of the works.
Sealing of the access road and airstrip is expected to commence in late September 2018, with completion expected late 2018.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan
"Sealing the final 5.45km of the Bidyadanga Access Road was an election commitment and a key part of our Plan for the Kimberley.
"These upgrades will ensure the community has access to medical care all year round, regardless of the weather.
"I'm pleased the partnership between Main Roads and Kullari Regional Communities Inc. will create training opportunities for local Aboriginal people from the Bidyadaga community, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and work on future road projects."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"Being able to secure reliable access to this community as well as provide the opportunity for the local community to take part in this project is a great outcome for us.
"Not only will it help ensure access throughout the year, it will allow Main Roads to further collaborate with Aboriginal business, providing training and job opportunities for the local community."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"This is a great regional project, providing vital connectivity to WA's biggest Aboriginal community and driving employment and training for the local residents.
"This can open up economic opportunities for the people of Bidyadanga."
Premier's office: 6552 5000
Transport Minister's office: 6552 5500
Regional Development Minister's office: 6552 6200