Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation to receive $22 million federal funding lifeline

Funding delivered: Shire of Murray president David Bold and Andrew Hastie with federal assistant transport minister Scott Buchholz, who visited Pinjarra to discuss the project earlier this year. Photo: Supplied.
Funding delivered: Shire of Murray president David Bold and Andrew Hastie with federal assistant transport minister Scott Buchholz, who visited Pinjarra to discuss the project earlier this year. Photo: Supplied.

Trucks will soon bypass the main street of Pinjarra after the federal government announced a $22 million investment into the highly anticipated Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation.

The project has been in the works for years, with long-term advocate Canning MP Andrew Hastie hailing the funding as a major win for Pinjarra and the Peel region.

Mr Hastie said he had campaigned for the deviation for many months in Canberra, including meetings with the deputy prime minister in his capacity as the minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development. 

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"Over 690 trucks drive down the main street of Pinjarra every day," Mr Hastie said.

"As our region continues to grow that number will rise.

"If we had done nothing Pinjarra's roads would be at capacity, causing serious congestion and increasing the likelihood of a bad accident.

"The deviation will get heavy vehicles out of the CBD, making Pinjarra safer for locals.

"It will also increase the productivity of local industry.

"Trucks will no longer have to slow down and wait for lights as they pass through town."

The funding comes as part of the federal government's additional $1.6 billion cash splash, which was revealed last week for "critical infrastructure" across Perth and regional Western Australia.

It will also increase the productivity of local industry. Trucks will no longer have to slow down and wait for lights as they pass through town.

Canning MP Andrew Hastie

"It builds upon the existing $9.81 billion worth of commitments to West Australian road and rail infrastructure," Mr Hastie said. 

Prime minister Scott Morrison said this year's Budget, which will be announced on Tuesday evening, would lock in further federal support for crucial infrastructure projects across regional WA.

"The upcoming Budget will continue the Liberal and Nationals Government's firm commitment to ensuring Western Australia gets its fair share of infrastructure funding now and into the future," Mr Morrison said.

"We're prioritising investment in the major projects needed to better support regional areas, ease congestion in and around Perth and reduce the terrible impact of road trauma by delivering safer roads."