Hon Judi Moylan

Moylan backs proposal for Indian Ocean Drive

A meeting between relevant parties yesterday could see Federal funding from the extended Roads to Recovery program put towards the proposed Lancelin to Cervantes road, Indian Ocean Drive, between 2005 and 2009. Member for Pearce Judi Moylan met with Senator The Hon Ian Campbell, Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads and representatives of the Gingin and Dandaragan shires to discuss the possibility of using a portion of the Federal funding from the extended program, which was announced last week. “Given that the State Government has failed to fund this vital road, I’m hopeful that access to the new Federal funding will again make this a priority,” Ms Moylan said. She said country areas were at the top of the list with the new four-year agenda. “The Federal Government is targeting ‘areas of need’, primarily these are in the country,” she said. She said Indian Ocean Drive could open up opportunities for WA, including the Pearce electorate, in the tourism and industry arenas. “Tourism and related industries are vitally important to economic development and it makes sense to expand on these opportunities when given the chance,” she said. The representatives from the shires agreed that the next step would be to submit a proposal with the intention of gaining funds for the project. Ms Moylan said she would back their plea. The aim now is to get the State Government on board as the proposed road is essentially State responsibility.

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