THE HON ANDREW HASTIE MP - SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE - MEMBER FOR CANNING
Monday 31 October 2022
LABOR DELAYS PINJARRA HEAVY HAULAGE DEVIATION
Federal Member for Canning the Hon. Andrew Hastie MP has slammed Labor’s decision to delay construction of the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation by 18-months.
As part of Labor’s Budget, funding for Stages 1 and 2 has been pushed back, meaning the project won’t get underway until at least 2026.
Mr Hastie said he was appalled by the decision.
“With community support, I secured $200 million from the former Coalition government for the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation, which would divert hundreds of trucks away from the centre of town every day,” Mr Hastie said.
“It’s shocking that within just months of forming government, Labor is already slamming the brakes on projects in Canning.”
“I was recently in Pinjarra while a heavy load passed through - not only does it bring traffic to a standstill, but it also poses a great safety risk. It is frustrating that projects aimed at making our roads safer are being put on the backburner by this government.
“Just weeks ago, Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke, along with Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, outlined plans for the project to begin construction in late 2024.
“It is disappointing that Ms Clarke will show up for the photo opportunity but stay silent when it comes to standing up for important projects in her own community.
“I’m calling on Labor to reconsider its decision to delay the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation and get this project off the ground as quickly as possible.”
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