ASSISTANT Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Broad joined Canning MRH Andrew Hastie for a tour of his electorate, meeting key stakeholders to piece together the infrastructure puzzle for the region.
“Over the past five years we have significantly increased funding for infrastructure through a range of programs,’’ Mr Broad said.
“I’m keen to see how these funds are flowing through but also what more we can do to support projects that help boost the region’s economy.
“Since 2013 more than $569 million has been committed to infrastructure projects across Canning by the Federal Government including the major upgrades on Tonkin Highway and this visit will help understand what the community needs to continue driving the local economy in the future.”
Mr Hastie said extending the Tonkin Highway south, bringing the train line to Byford and getting the Lakelands train station moving were just a few of the projects the Federal Government had funded.
He said he was working on the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation.
“It’s a critical part currently missing from our regional transport network and would decongest Pinjarra town centre and make those roads safer.
“It would also improve the flow of heavy transport, aiding the economic development of the Peel region.”
Mr Broad also received a briefing on the project from Murray Shire president David Bolt and chief executive Dean Unsworth.