Shire of York secures $8 million dollar investment for Light Industrial Area access improvements

Published on Friday, 1 April 2022 at 2:37:57 PM

The York Light Industrial Area Access Upgrade Project has been awarded $8 million dollars as part of the Federal Government’s 2022/23 budget. 

The Light Industrial Area (LIA) has faced ongoing challenges with heavy vehicles being unable to access the area safely, as well as localised flooding issues. Local businesses have worked with the Shire to clearly define the access problems faced and the impact on York being able to service the Agricultural sector, the Shire’s biggest industry.

The project will see improved road access (RAV 4), improved drainage and service relocation being developed within the LIA. A heavy vehicle rest area has also been considered, with the final location still under investigation.

The multiple benefits include increased safety for road users, drainage upgrades to a mainly underground pipe network and increased economic activity in York’s dominant industry.   In addition, local businesses anticipate better employment sustainability, and the improved access will open up the possibility of future expansion of the area.

Shire of York CEO Chris Linnell says “The Shire has worked collaboratively with local businesses, Main Roads Wheatbelt Central and Northern Regions Directorate on an acceptable solution for the intersections to allow the project to be realised. This collaborative approach has been successful in considering the best outcome for the community of York as well as the safety of road users”.

The project will generate local jobs with construction expected to be undertaken over multiple years.

The Shire of York would like to thank the Federal Government and extend its gratitude to the Hon Melissa Price for her support and advocacy in realising this important project.

 

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