Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Major projects fast-tracked to support jobs during COVID-19

    30/04/2020 10:00 AM
    • New streamlined process for transport construction contracts worth up to $20 million
    • State-wide Construction Panel established to expedite delivery of projects across WA
    • New process will support small to mid-sized contractors during COVID-19 emergency
    • More than $140 million of road and maritime projects will be expedited under the panel including vital road safety upgrades across the State
    • 24 projects to create more than 1,000 local jobs  

    The McGowan Government has approved new measures to streamline the process for the awarding of contracts for transport construction projects up to a value of $20 million, creating more opportunities for local businesses and protecting local jobs.


    The new State-wide Construction Panel Contract will include buying rules, designed to minimise the costs of tendering for companies, and maximise the spread of work among small and medium sized contractors.


    Expediting the delivery of road and maritime projects through the new Construction Panel will assist contractors to plan and program works, save time and costs, whilst helping give local businesses certainty and retain local workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Up to $140 million of transport projects will be expedited under the panel, saving jobs and protecting the future contracting capacity of local Western Australian businesses.


    It is expected more than 1,000 local jobs across the 24 projects will be brought forward.


    The panel arrangements will also be considered for use as future projects come online, to ensure quicker project delivery and provide more opportunities for small to medium sized contractors.


    In addition, Main Roads is fast-tracking the tendering process for a number of large-scale road projects, worth $2.37 billion and estimated to create 13,000 jobs.


    Projects include:

    • Bunbury Outer Ring Road - (budget $852 million)  - 4,500 jobs
    • Leach Highway Welshpool Road Interchange - (budget $93 million) - 600 jobs
    • Stephenson Avenue (Stirling) - (budget $125 million) - 800 jobs
    • Fremantle Traffic Bridge - (budget $230 million) - 1,400 jobs
    • Roe Highway/Great Eastern Highway/Abernethy Road - (budget $180 million) - 1,200 jobs
    • Albany Ring Road (budget $175 million) - 1,000 jobs
    • Great Northern Hwy Ord River North Stage 3 & 4 (budget $89 million) - 600 jobs
    • Lloyd Street Extension (budget $40 million) - 280 jobs
    • Tonkin Highway Gap project (budget $290 million) - 1,050 jobs
    • Mitchell Freeway Extension to Romeo Road (budget $215 million) - 1,200 jobs
    • Mitchell Freeway Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue widening (budget $76 million) - 530 jobs

    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Major projects will be a key part of our economic recovery post the COVID-pandemic.


    "It's important we do everything we can to support our local businesses, so they are in the best position to continue to employ West Australians.


    "These works will not only support and save local jobs, they will also provide much needed upgrades on road sites across the State."


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "We understand the devastating impacts COVID-19 has had on industry and are committed to working together to support local businesses and support local jobs.


    "The proposed buying rules were underway prior to the current COVID-19 emergency, however given the current climate, they are being amended to further reduce tendering costs and provide more opportunities for local businesses to win Government contracts.


    "This new panel will fast track major road and maritime infrastructure projects, worth up to $20 million, to support small and mid-tier businesses and save local jobs."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500


    Main Roads Projects


    RegionProject DescriptionAnticipated
    Construction Cost
    Great SouthernChurchill Rd, Denmark Shire - Widen Bridge over Denmark River$1,500,000
    Great SouthernSouth Coast Highway - Kojaneerup Passing Lanes$15,000,000
    MetropolitanGreat Northern Highway / Apple Street Construction of Roundabout$9,000,000
    MetropolitanWanneroo Road / Morley Drive Intersection Upgrade$8,000,000
    MetropolitanGreat Eastern Highway / Old Northam Road (East) Intersection Upgrade$13,000,000
    MetropolitanStock Road / Beeliar Drive Intersection Upgrade$6,700,000
    MetropolitanConstruct PSP - Fremantle Line (Victoria St to North Fremantle Station)$6,000,000
    MetropolitanConstruct PSP - Kwinana Freeway  (Leach Highway to Mount Henry)$12,000,000
    Mid West-GascoyneBrand Highway / Barrett Road Intersection Improvements, Geraldton$2,000,000
    South WestSouth Western Highway -  Yarloop to Harvey Seal Widening Stage 1$2,600,000
    South WestSouth Western Highway - Thompson Hill Curve Realignment$9,000,000
    WheatbeltBrookton Highway / Rabbit Proof Fence Intersection Improvements$1,480,000
    WheatbeltGreat Eastern Highway - Walgoolan to Southern Cross Bridge and Road Works$13,600,000
    WheatbeltGreat Eastern Highway - Coates Gully:  Replacement of 4 Timber bridges with culverts$7,500,000
    WheatbeltBridge Replacement and tie in works$5,150,000
    WheatbeltNortham Cranbrook - Shoulder sealing$3,777,600
    WheatbeltCollie Lake King Road -Widening and Safety Improvements$1,660,000
    WheatbeltYork Merredin Road - Seal shoulders (Bruce Rock to Merredin)$2,823,000
    WheatbeltAlbany Highway - Upgrade of Crossman intersection$1,950,000



    Department of Transport - Maritime Projects


    RegionProject DescriptionAnticipated
    Construction Cost
    WheatbeltJurien Bay Boat Harbour Electrical Upgrade$1,300,000
    MetropolitanTwo Rocks Marina Landscaping Works$800,000
    MetropolitanFFBH – Jetty 3 Replacement (funding allocated in 21-22 to 22-23)$4,300,000
    PilbaraOnslow Maritime Facility - Community Boating Precinct$7,500,000
    PilbaraSpoilbank Marina Access Roads$2,000,000