Taking a broad look at infrastructure in the Murray

“Decongesting” the Peel region was the focus of assisting minister to the deputy prime minister Andrew Broad and federal Canning MP Andrew Hastie’s visit to Pinjarra on Wednesday morning. 

The Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation was a hot topic of discussing along with bringing the train line to Byford and getting the Lakelands train station moving.

The duo meet with key infrastructure stakeholders in an attempt to “piece together the infrastructure puzzle for the region”.

The pair said the Liberal government was “just getting started” when it came to delivering infrastructure investment in his electorate.

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“Over the past five years as a coalition government we have significantly increased funding for infrastructure through a range of programs,” Mr Broad said.

“I’m keen to see how these funds are flowing through, but also what more we can do to support projects that help boost the region’s economy.

“Since 2013, more than $569 million has been committed to infrastructure projects across Canning by the coalition government including the major upgrades on Tonkin Highway.

“This visit will help us understand what the community needs to continue driving the local economy in the future.”

Mr Hastie said Mr Broad had the chance to speak to key local stakeholders across the day, as well as meet the board of Regional Development Peel.

“I’m very proud of what the Liberal national government has achieved so far in Canning,” Mr Hastie said.

“Extending the Tonkin Highway south, bringing the train line to Byford and getting the Lakelands train station moving are just a few of the important projects we’ve funded.”

“Our efforts don’t stop there. Among the projects I’m working on is the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation.

“It’s a critical part currently missing from our regional transport network.

“It would decongest the town centre of Pinjarra and make those roads safer.

“It would also improve the flow of heavy transport, aiding the economic development of the Peel region.”

Mr Broad also received a briefing on the project from Shire of Murray president David Bolt and chief executive officer Dean Unsworth.