Bunbury Outer Ring Road
The Bunbury Outer Ring Road is the biggest transport infrastructure project ever to be undertaken in the South West.
This $852 million project involves the construction of a 27-kilometre, four-lane, high-standard road from Forrest Highway near Australind to Bussell Highway, south of Bunbury.
Once complete, new connections from Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway and South Western Highway will greatly improve freight capacity, efficiency and productivity across the region.
Works are underway and are being undertaken by South West Gateway Alliance comprising Acciona, NRW Contracting, MACA Civil, AECOM, Aurecon along with Main Roads.
Local employment and business opportunities are a priority for the project with a target spend of $300 million set to encourage and maximise local South West industry participation.
Promoting and maximising local Aboriginal participation is also a priority for the project. There is a $20 million target spend for Aboriginal businesses and an employment target equivalent to 60 full time Aboriginal people engaged on the project over its three-year construction period.
Staff representing the State Government’s Local Content Adviser Network are based at the South West Development Commission. They are working with stakeholders to connect local suppliers and contractors to the project. The team is helping to equip local businesses so they are prepared to take up opportunities relating to the project.