Safe roads vital: Marino

Safe roads vital: Marino

Local governments across the Forrest electorate are set to receive a share in $138.9 million under the Roads to Recovery program.

The program provides local governments a helping hand to upgrade roads, improve safety and efficiency within their community.

In the South West, the City of Busselton received the vast majority of the funding - with $2.3 million allocated for the 2019/20 financial year.

The City of Bunbury, Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup, Shire of Harvey, Shire of Nannup, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, Shire of Capel and Shire of Dardanup each received between $300,000 and $600,000.

The projects in the City of Busselton will include the reconstruction of the Yoongarillup Road and Vasse Highway intersection, as well as works on two sections of Wonnerup South Road.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said well-managed and safe roads were vital for the South West community.

"It is terrific to see so many projects in the South West have been given the green light by the Roads to Recovery Program," she said.

"Whether it is resurfacing roads or improving the construction of intersections, this is real money to fix local roads which South West councils can spend on local priorities.

"It [The program funding] ensures our freight moves more efficiently, our traffic moves more smoothly and our drivers get to their destination without accident or injury."

Ms Marino said the funding showed the federal government was committed to the safety of those travelling in the South West.

The Roads to Recovery program involves close collaboration between federal and local governments to deliver road infrastructure improvements required to support economic growth throughout the state.

As part of the local and state government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019/20 Budget, the federal government has committed an additional $100 million annually to the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019/20.