Connectivity for services in the remote Bidyadanga community is set to improve with upgrades to the transport network.
The State Government will seal the final 5.45 kilometres of Bidyadanga Access Road connecting Great Northern Highway south of Broome to the community, along with improving the local airstrip to boost access to the community.
“Sealing the final 5.45km of the Bidyadanga Access Road was an election commitment and a key part of our Plan for the Kimberley.”
Mr McGowan said the airstrip provided a vital connection to the regional community and the construction work would help improve it.
“These upgrades will ensure the community has access to medical care all year round, regardless of the weather,” he said.
The State Government said the air strip performed adequately in dry conditions but was often closed in wet weather because of water pooling in aircraft landing areas.
It has resulted in the cancellation of medical services.
The upgrades are set to cost approximately $3 million, resulting in a saving of $1 million.
The remaining $1 million will used for the airstrip.
Main Roads has formed a partnership with Kullari Regional Communities Incorporated to construct the road and airstrip.
It will provide training and employment for local Aboriginal people from the Bidyadanga community.
“I’m pleased the partnership between Main Roads and Kullari Regional Communities Inc. will create training opportunities for local Aboriginal people from the Bidyadanga community, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and work on future road projects,” Mr McGowan said.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the works were a boon for the local regional community.
“Being able to secure reliable access to this community as well as provide the opportunity for the local community to take part in this project is a great outcome for us,” Ms Saffioti said.
Regional Development Minister Allanah MacTiernan said it provided vital connectivity to regional development.
“This can open up economic opportunities for the people of Bidyadanga,” she said.