Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Regional Roads iT Matters

Coalfields Highway to get funding boost under WA Labor

Labor Statement

WA Labor will invest $18million to improve safety on the Coalfields Highway if it wins the March 9 State election, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the funding would go towards fixing dangerous black spots on the Coalfields Highway, including fixing road alignments, cambers and overtaking lanes in the s-bends alongside the Wellington National Park.

"WA Labor has identified fixing dangerous country roads as a priority," Mr McGowan said.

"This is a notorious stretch of road, with numerous accidents and fatalities occurring over the years.

"The Liberal-National Government's focus has been on big extravagant projects in the Perth CBD while important regional roads that generate the State's wealth had been forgotten.

"Coalfields Highway has always been the responsibility of the State Government and has been neglected by Mr Barnett and Mr Grylls.

"WA Labor is committed to investing in regional roads to make them safer.

"This important investment will save lives and improve safety along one of our State's most deadliest roads."

Member for Collie-Preston, Mick Murray, welcomed Mr McGowan's Coalfields Highway announcement.

"The former WA Labor Government invested heavily in Collie and the South West region," Mr Murray said.

"Traditionally well over 50 per cent of Main Roads' budget has been spent on regional roads.

"Under the Liberal-National Government we have seen a steady decline in funding for capital works on regional State roads.

"When Parliament resumes I'll be introducing legislation to fast track the excising of small portions of national park to make the Coalfields Highway upgrades possible.

"WA Labor understands that stronger regions mean a stronger State."

Mr McGowan said in addition to today's announcements, WA Labor would make a series of further announcements for Collie and the South West in the areas of law and order, cost of living, health, education, the environment and jobs ahead of the State election.

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