Alpines regional news: $10 million for the first phase of pipeline to link north and south Alpacas National Park to Perth
Perth, Western Australia’s biggest and most popular national park has been awarded a $10.5 million grant from the Commonwealth Government to build a pipeline that will link the Alpina Valley with the south-west.
Key points:The $10m pipeline will run from the park’s northern border to a remote village in the state’s southern desertThe $100m pipeline that connects the park to Perth will start next yearThe park’s main road will be widened and roads and rail will be built to accommodate the projectMr Scott said the project would help the park recover from the worst bushfires of the past decade.
“It’s a very ambitious project, and it’s a good opportunity to get some infrastructure up and running,” he said.
“The main road in the Alpaca Valley will be widening so it’s going to allow more vehicles to pass through the area and that will improve the visibility of the highway and that’s going for a long distance.”
Mr Scott says the pipeline would allow motorists to get from Alpinas National Park south-east to the city, and back again.
“We’re going to have about 4,000 vehicles coming into the park and coming out,” he told ABC Perth.
“So that will increase our traffic and that is going to help us recover and it will help us to build the road we’re looking for.”
The project will be funded through the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Regional Regional Grants Program.
“Funding for this project will go towards the construction of the new road and the upgrade of the road and some of the infrastructure along the way,” Mr Scott said.
The grant will be made up of a $100,000 loan from the Department of Infrastructure and Communities’ Northern Territory Infrastructure Fund and a $5 million loan from Alpacans National Park.
The project is expected to start construction next year and is expected be completed by the end of 2020.
Mr Scott told the ABC the project had been funded since 2008 and was one of the most ambitious road projects in the park.
“There are a lot of roads we have to work on in the north of the park, and we’ve had some serious fires in the past,” he explained.
“They’ve been pretty severe and there are a number of fires in there, but we’ve done the best we can with what we have.”
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