The job-boosting $852 million Bunbury Outer Ring Road project is now underway, with works beginning on the largest road infrastructure project ever undertaken in the South-West.
The South West Gateway Alliance, comprising Acciona, NRW Contracting, MACA Civil, AECOM and Aurecon, together with Main Roads, will build the 27km, four-lane, high-standard road from Forrest Highway near Australind to the Bussell Highway, south of Bunbury.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said once complete, the project would improve freight capacity, efficiency and productivity across the region.
“Well-planned infrastructure projects such as the Bunbury Outer Ring Road are vital for the Bunbury area,” Mr McCormack said.
“The project has been planned for a number of years, recognising the significance of delivering vital infrastructure to provide a safer and more efficient road system for the South West of Western Australia.
“Bunbury Outer Ring Road will provide relief for local residents by removing freight and regional traffic from local roads while maintaining easy access to Bunbury and other regional destinations.
“Investing in well-planned transport projects will keep the Bunbury region moving and boost its status as a major economic regional centre – I’m pleased to see this project get underway.”
The project falls under the Federal Government’s $110 billion infrastructure investment plan, which is designed to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, said the project would provide critical employment opportunities and economic support.
“My government is committed to creating and supporting local jobs and this project will provide up to 5,680 direct and indirect employment opportunities, benefitting the state and local community,” Mr McGowan said.
“The project will deliver significant benefits for our economy both during its construction and once in operation, unlocking thousands of local jobs.”
Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning, Rita Saffioti, said the State Government had worked hard to fast-track the project and get shovels in the ground as soon as possible.
“We are building Western Australia’s economy back up from the pandemic by continuing to deliver Building for Tomorrow, the biggest transport infrastructure program WA has seen,” Ms Saffioti said.
“The McGowan Government is spending more than $260 million a month on major transport infrastructure projects with $100 million being spent in regional WA.
“Maximising local business procurement is a key objective for the project with a target spend of $300 million set to encourage and maximise local South-West industry participation.”
Promoting and maximising local Indigenous Australian participation is also a project priority, with a $20 million target spend for Indigenous Australian businesses, and an employment target equivalent to 60 full-time Indigenous Australians engaged on the project during its three-year construction period.
The South West Gateway Alliance is committed to sustainably delivering the project by working with the local recycling industry to maximise opportunities to safely reuse waste materials in construction.
The $852 million Bunbury Outer Ring Road project is jointly funded by the Federal ($681.6 million) and Western Australian ($170.4 million) Governments.