Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network
The Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network is a regional strategy to improve road freight safety and efficiency across the key transport routes that support the region’s major industries.
A joint project between 42 Wheatbelt local governments, the collaboration will see 950km of high priority routes upgraded over the next six years in five stages.
The $187.5 million Stage Two of the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network is currently underway and local governments in the region are on target to deliver upgrades to 15 of the 54 routes included in the overall plan.
The project is overseen by a steering committee comprised of the Wheatbelt Development Commission, Main Roads WA, Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt and the WA Local Government Association.
The Wheatbelt region produces 41 per cent of the State’s total gross value of agricultural production, worth $3.35 billion in 2015/16 (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development 2018 Western Australia Gross Regional Product). Industry and jobs depend on an efficient supply chain in order to remain internationally competitive. It is vital that the Wheatbelt has an interconnected network that is well integrated with Western Australia’s intermodal freight transport system.
Photography Credit: PUBLIC Silo Trail, Newdegate (2018) by Brenton See. Photography by Bewley Shaylor, courtesy of FORM