Local government freight collective secures funding

A joint project of over 40 local government bodies in Western Australia has secured $70 million in funding from the Federal Government to bolster freight productivity and sustainability.

The Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Routes project was formally initiated in 2016 with 42 separate Local Governments working towards improving freight productivity and sustainability of road freight networks across the region. Their $500m, four phase network and investment priority plan has been accepted by the Federal Government, with a commitment of $70 million announced yesterday allowing for much for of the first phase to be achieved.

The Western Australian Local Government Association’s President, Cr Lynne Craigie, welcomed the announcement and said that it points to a new way forward for collective bargaining for local government bodies.

“This funding is a testament to the 42 Local Governments in the region and their approach to explore the freight issue from a whole of region perspective,” Cr Craigie said. “Getting freight across our State does not end at the boundaries of a single Shire, and to achieve gains across the network, individual Council priorities need to be weighed against those of their neighbours.”

“By engaging in discussion from a regional perspective with a joint aim of improved sustainability and productivity region-wide, these Councils have been able to establish priorities for work across a number of years.”

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