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 starting at the intersection of Menang Drive and Albany Highway and on a section south to Lancaster Road.
Water pipeline: A 43km pipeline will be constructed to connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme. The pipeline is due for completion in early 2021.
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.
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.
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 Katanning and Ravensthorpe landfill sites and associated transfer stations are expected to be completed in 2020.
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.
William Bay National Park Infrastructure: The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is refurbishing the car parks and roads, and installing new toilet and picnic facilities at Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks and Madfish Bay.
Albany Highway: Roadworks will widen Albany Highway to 11m with sealed shoulders to 2m. Safety barriers will be installed at selected locations. The works include pavement marking, audible lines and minor intersection treatments.
Western Power Depot: A new purpose-built depot will replace the current Kelly Street facility.
Albany Health Campus Oncology Ward: A new oncology ward will provide treatment closer to home for patients in the Great Southern.
More details of these projects, including contacts, can be found on the Major Projects register.