Urging a united approach on outer ring road

The Federal Government’s additional contribution of $122 million to Stage 2 of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road under its 2019-20 Budget has been welcomed by the Shire of Dardanup.

The additional funds takes the Federal Government’s total project contribution to $682 million, having already committed $560 million last year.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said the next stage of BORR (linking Forrest Highway with Bussell Highway) would provide a significant driver for economic development in the Bunbury Geographe region and in particular would be crucial to the success of planned areas of urban and economic expansion within the Shire of Dardanup.

“WA’s planned new city Wanju and the adjacent Waterloo Industrial Park were brought about by an identified need for our State to advance regional areas with the aim of reducing growth pressure on the Perth metropolis,” Mr Bennett said.

“Without projects like the Bunbury Outer Ring Road, any attempts to ignite further growth in our State’s vital regional areas are designed to fail.”

Mr Bennett said he was conscious of concerns raised by both the City of Bunbury and Shire of Harvey on design aspects of the BORR’s newly-released alignment but encouraged all levels of government to work together on solutions that would allow for almost $1 billion in funding to be injected into our regional economy, along with badly-needed jobs.”

Main Roads WA has indicated construction is planned to commence in 2020.

A revised alignment for the northern section of BORR – between Forrest Highway and Boyanup Picton Road – was selected by Main Roads and then supported by the WA Planning Commission earlier this month.

The revised alignment sees the BORR skirting the eastern boundary of Wanju and running through the middle of Waterloo Industrial Park, providing key inter-regional north-south and east-west highway links plus improved access to the Bunbury Port.

As a result, the Shire of Dardanup and the WA Planning Commission released slightly revised versions of the Wanju and Waterloo Draft District Structure Plans for Public Comment.

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