New road to Jurien

Still a way off, but sounds interesting, Regards Colin Hay

Premier Alan Carpenter has today announced an additional $110million to ensure Indian Ocean Drive will be completed within the promised timetable.

The funding relates to Stage Two of Indian Ocean Drive - the 65km Lancelin- Cervantes sealed coastal road - and means construction can now commence next year, with completion scheduled for 2011.

Construction of Stage One - a $20million 10km sealed section from Lancelin to Ocean Farms Estate - is on course to be opened early next year.

The significant funding boost brings the State Government’s commitment to the major infrastructure project to $145million.

“This new funding enables us to well and truly meet our 2005 promise to complete the Lancelin-Cervantes road by 2011,” the Premier said.

“Indian Ocean Drive links communities along the coast from Perth’s northern suburbs to Dongara and will become a major Western Australian tourism, holiday and recreational route.

“It provides access to excellent surfing and windsurfing, recreational fishing, wildflowers and other natural attractions including the world famous pinnacles in Nambung National Park.

“Completing this link will accelerate investment and economic development along the coast and will provide drivers with an alternative to the Brand Highway, which is a major freight transport route.”

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the Stage Two project would be directly managed by Main Roads, ensuring maximum use of local labour and plant.

“This project presents an excellent opportunity for Main Roads to rebuild its in-house capacity to manage and supervise road construction,” Ms MacTiernan said.

Mr Carpenter said WA’s continued economic strength had enabled the funds to be allocated ahead of next year’s Budget.

“This project is part of our commitment to sharing the benefits of WA’s remarkable resources boom across the community and it will help create new jobs and businesses opportunities for the future,” he said.


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will be completed within the promised timetable.

Wed, 2007-12-05 09:05

I bet that doesn't happen.  Godd idea though, will chop some time off the drive.

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Hope it not like the Mandurah trainline

Wed, 2007-12-05 09:22

Hope it not like the Mandurah trainline


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Hi Ya, Will be interesting

Wed, 2007-12-05 12:56

Hi Ya,

Will be interesting to see what pressures developers bring to bear on government once the road opens.

Now my cynical side comes out.  It never ceases to intrigue the the number of times a polly can make the same announcement and get people excited.  If the road was a promise in 2005, why make a grandstand announcement now about providing 'additional' funding to fulfil the promise?  1 - the funding had to be found in the first place; 2 - it isn't additional because additional road etc isn't included; and 3 - all they may have done is bring some of it forward.  From my point of view, the only reason is for political mileage.

Having said that, a sealed road will be a definate improvement in safety if nothing else.


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