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Joint Media Release
Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Australian Government Minister for Local Government, Territories & Roads
Hon. Jim Lloyd MP
26 November 2004
The extension to the Roe Highway in Perth can proceed following the Australian Government's environmental approval, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, announced today.
Senator Campbell and Mr Lloyd said the approval will ensure the highway can be developed with minimal environmental impact.
The Australian Government has committed $76 million to the Roe Highway extension from Nicholson Road to the Kwinana Freeway, including $20 million in 2004-05.
Stage 7 of the Highway, between South Street and the Kwinana Freeway, required assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for potential effects on threatened species, particularly the endangered Grand Spider Orchid and the Carnaby's Cockatoo.
"The approval conditions will minimise impacts to these species through superior road design and construction practices," Senator Campbell said "The approval will also set aside important areas of habitat, including an area that contains the largest known population of the orchid.
"The approval will also ensure important genetic and ecological research into the orchid is carried out, to improve its long-term protection."
Mr Lloyd said the environmental approval would allow the Australian Government to fulfil its funding commitment to the Roe Highway.
"Under AusLink, the National Transport Plan, the Australian Government will spend $12.5 billion improving Australians road and rail infrastructure over the next five years," Mr Lloyd said.
"We have earmarked $452.67 million for new construction works in Western Australia, an 86 per cent increase in spending over the previous five years." A copy of the Senator Campbell's approval decision and conditions for the proposal is available on the Department of the Environment and Heritage web site at: http://www.deh.gov.au/epbc/publicnotices/index.html.