Green light for the Outer Ring Road

FUNDING to complete Bunbury’s Outer Ring Road is a ‘major win for jobs’.

The federal government announced on Friday that it had committed $560 million to complete stages two and three of the construction.

The funding will allow the section of the road between the South Western Highway and the Bussell Highway along with the section from the Perth-Bunbury Highway to near Picton Boyanup Road to be completed.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Bunbury Outer Ring Road would be a huge benefit to the community, by reducing commuter times and improving road safety.

“The Bunbury Outer Ring Road will be a massive boon to the South West,” she said.

“This will improve road safety and travelling time for people.

“The road will also facilitate the development of the Bunbury Port and South West industry.” The Federal Government had previously committed $10 million to plan stages two and three in October last year, along with $105.4 million for stage one and the Bunbury Port Access Road, which were completed in 2014.

Transport minister Rita Saffioti said the funding would allow Bunbury to ‘attain the necessary infrastructure befitting of a major regional centre.’ “This latest Commonwealth funding allows us to finalise the planning, consultation and approvals and then get on with building the road,” she said.

“This is a major win for jobs in the South West and a major win for Bunbury residents who will see reduced freight traffic on local roads.”

Source: Bunbury Mail.