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Government commits $2 million to improved Derby roads

Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today announced $2 million to upgrade Derby Highway between Sutherland Street and Juld Street.

Funding will go to safety improvements including widening Derby Highway at the intersection of Waycott Street, including construction of additional turning pockets, and pedestrian facilities with construction to commence in April 2021 and expected to be completed by August 2021.

A refuge island and a raised platform will be constructed to allow pedestrians to cross at the same level on either side of the highway. Ramps will be included to make this crossing suitable for wheelchairs.

Works also include the upgrade of drainage, street lighting, signs and pavement markings and suitable improvements to footpaths for pedestrian safety.

Premier Mark McGowan reaffirmed his Government’s support to fixing the state’s regional roads.

“This $2 million worth of upgrades will improve safety for pedestrians and drivers,” Mr McGowan said.

“Works such as this improve safety, support local jobs and provide opportunities for local businesses.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti also highlighted the importance of upgrading roads in one of the state’s more popular regional hubs.

“We recognise the importance of this section of Derby Highway, and are taking action to improve safety for pedestrians,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Since its inception in 2000, the State Black Spots Program has delivered almost $500 million worth of upgrades to some of WA’s most dangerous roads.

“We are committed to delivering for the Kimberley region with a number of important road upgrades underway including the Broome Cape Leveque Road sealing.”

Derby snares renewable energy upgrades

Premier Mark McGowan also announced upgrades to the lighting in the Derby city centre as well as renewable energy at key sites such as Derby Hospital as part of the state’s outlook for a green future.

Works at Derby Hospital include installing 550 kilowatts peak (kWp) of rooftop solar together with a 275 kilowatt-hour renewable energy smoothing battery which will see the hospital benefit from more than $590,000 in annual energy supply and consumption savings.

Additionally, 310 kWp of rooftop solar will be installed across the Shire of Derby’s community buildings and around 827 conventional streetlights will be upgraded to energy efficient smart LED units, spanning 10 kilometres from Derby to the Aboriginal community of Mowanjum.

Horizon Power’s new streetlight technology will enable the service provider to identify outages in real time and remove the need to carry out routine inspections.

The combined projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 900 tonnes per year, save the Shire of Derby $170,697 annually.

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