Esperance Shire receives road network funding boost

Esperance will receive $9.1million between 2019 and 2024. Photo: Shutterstock.
Esperance will receive $9.1million between 2019 and 2024. Photo: Shutterstock.

The Shire of Esperance has secured more than $1.8m in Roads to Recovery funding this year, one of 39 local governments across the O'Connor electorate to receive a share in the $138.9 million program.

The program involves close collaboration between federal and local governments to deliver road infrastructure upgrades and improve safety within their community.

Esperance is tipped to receive one of the largest funding allocations in WA, with $9.1m to be issued between 2019 and 2024.

The Shire of Esperance has already secured $350,000 more than initially budgeted for in 2019/20.

With the largest regional road network of any other local government in the state, Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said the extra funding was always welcome.

"All extra funding is always welcome as the road maintenance is a considerable expense to the shire," he said.

"These additional funds will assist the shire in bringing forward other projects earlier than expected, which is much appreciated and welcomed to the community which utilise these roads on a regular basis."

Although work has not yet commenced, the funding has allowed for drainage works at Gibson Road and upgrades to Dalyup Road.

Having travelled throughout his electorate frequently, Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson said he had been able to see firsthand where and what the funding would deliver.

"The Roads to Recovery funding will allow councils across the region to progress high-priority projects, using local knowledge to deliver the best local roads," he said.

"We understand that in terms of road infrastructure, local governments can't do it all by themselves. The program is a true local and federal partnership that improves road networks in both the cities and the bush, bringing real and tangible benefits to local communities."

The allocations are calculated using the proportion of Financial Assistance Grants of each local governing body and updated assessments.