Planning underway on asbestos contaminated road

Western Australian Lands Minister Ben Wyatt has announced the state government have held meetings with key agencies to take action on Roebourne-Wittenoom Road.

“Responding to both local government and community concerns about the condition of the road, the Lands Department is working with the Shire of Ashburton, Main Roads Western Australia and WorkSafe to progress the project,” Mr. Wyatt said.

“A co-ordinated approach was needed to avoid any further delays in undertaking this important piece of work.”

According to Mr. Wyatt, the project is complex due to asbestos contamination along the road Рthe result of historical transportation of the substance between Wittenoom and Point Samson.

“Complex problems require creative solutions, so in bringing everyone around the table we have been able to establish what needs to happen, who needs to be involved and how some of the impediments could be addressed,” Mr. Wyatt said.

The state government will contribute more than half of the estimated $850,000 project cost for grading and improvement works.

The Shire of Ashburton has committed an additional $350,000 towards the repairs.

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