Essential Infrastructure and Services

Major projects in the Great Southern focused on essential infrastructure and services are listed below.

Albany Ring Road: A $175 million heavy haulage route will be established skirting Albany's urban areas. The road will carry grain, fertiliser and woodchips to and from the Port of Albany. Construction is under way, starting with the Albany Highway-Menang Driver overpass. Completion of the Ring Road is expected by late 2023.

Water pipeline: A 43km pipeline will be constructed to connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme. Construction is completed. Final testing, commissioning and reinstatement works are under way.

Great Southern Housing Initiative: This project will deliver a total of 52 housing units, comprising 21 units for independent seniors and 31 units for regional employees. The project will address the shortage of quality, affordable housing across the Great Southern region. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

South Coast Highway: Main Roads WA is undertaking roadworks comprising a $5 million overlay and widening from Montgomery’s Hill Wines to the Kalgan Bridge and a $15 million upgrade between Bluff Creek Road and Kojaneerup West Road, including two passing lanes. The Kalgan section was completed in April 2020 and the Kojaneerup works are under way.

Regional Waste Management: The Shires of Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Gnowangerup and Ravensthorpe are constructing two regional landfill facilities serviced by upgraded or newly constructed transfer stations located within the participating shires. The project aims to rationalise the waste collection and disposal network, allowing the region to manage resources more effectively. The project received $3.1 million of State Government funding. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

Middleton Beach Foreshore Revitalisation: The City of Albany is creating improved event space and beach experiences, pedestrian networks, environmental rehabilitation and foreshore protection at Middleton Beach. Stage 1 of the project, including a seawall and retaining wall, started in November 2019 and is now complete. Stage 2 is under way with the development of a boardwalk and jetty link. The project is due for completion in the first half of 2021.

Western Power Depot: A new purpose-built depot will replace the current Kelly Street facility. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Albany Health Campus Oncology Ward: A new oncology ward will provide treatment closer to home for patients in the Great Southern. Construction is expected to be completed by the middle of 2022.

More details of these projects, including contacts, can be found on the Major Projects register.

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