$15m upgrade for WA agricultural route

Western Australia’s key aglime transport network in the Wheatbelt region of the state will be upgraded, thanks to a new $15 million State Government investment.
Regional Development Minister, Terry Redman, said that aglime was a critical component of agriculture in Western Australia and helped farmers counteract the effects of soil acidification.

“The investment in the Aglime Routes Upgrade project will support the safe and efficient travel of freight vehicles and other road users while minimising logistical costs for the industry,” the Minister said.

WA Transport Minister, Bill Marmion, said the upgrade will improve priority sections of roads and related intersections between Lancelin and Goomalling.

“The project will see junction improvements on Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway and Great Northern Highway delivered by Main Roads WA as well as local road improvements, being delivered by the relevant local authorities,” he said.

Agriculture and Food Minister, Mark Lewis, said lime incorporation on acid soils was imperative for productive cropping programs and business profitability. “Delivering lime from source to point of application in a timely and cost effective manner is essential,” he said. “Producers will benefit from more efficient and safer transport of lime from coastal to inland areas.”

The WA Government's long-term commitment to developing the State’s regional areas program – The Royalties for Regions investment ¬– will facilitate the safe and efficient cartage of Aglime from coastal areas to inland agricultural areas of Western Australia.

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