Ten months after construction began, Shire President Lynne Craigie and Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Edwards joined the WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel in Marble Bar, as works to re-align the four kilometer stretch of road; well-known as one of the most dangerous in the East Pilbara; were officially completed.
“This is an important day for the Shire of East Pilbara and another successful step to making the roads in the East Pilbara safer for motorists. We are sincerely grateful to the State and Federal Government for the funding to make significant improvements this notorious stretch of road,” said Shire President Lynne Craigie.
“However, there still remain large sections of the Marble Road that are dangerous and the Shire of East Pilbara will continue to lobby for further improvements to our road network. This includes a funding submission tabled by the Shire in 2015/16 to seal priority sections of Marble Bar Road, which we are still waiting for.
“Nevertheless, we are very pleased to note that MRWA will spend up to $60,000 a month on grading for this road and that a further two million dollars of funding is being allocated towards re-sheeting priority sections of this road also,” she said.
President Craigie and Mr. Edwards also took the opportunity to speak with Minister Saffioti and Mr. Michel about several important issues affecting Newman.
“The planning legislation affecting small businesses and retail spaces in Newman is an issue that we have asked the Transport Minister to investigate,’ said President Craigie.
“Furthermore, we were able to discuss a proposal for a by-pass road into Newman’s light industrial area as well as the possibility of some land assembly at Newman Airport to support additional uses outside of airport operations.
“The completion of the Marble Bar Road – Coongan Gorge Realignment has not only been a celebration of the conclusion of a major project, but it has also provided an opportunity for the Shire to strengthen our relationship with the State and Federal Governments so we can continue to be a voice for the people of the East Pilbara and make sure we are heard in highest levels of government,” she added.