On behalf of all 12 councils in the South West region I offer all delegates and partners who attend the Australian Local Government Association’s National Road and Transport Congress in Bunbury, the warmest welcome.
The City of Bunbury and its surrounding Shires make up the 27th largest urban area in Australia, inclusive of capital cities.
Every year the population of Greater Bunbury grows by more than 2,700 people, which is matched by the growth of Mandurah and Busselton.
As a port city, Bunbury ranks in the top 20 in Australia with total cargoes of 13.9 million tonnes.
All roads from Perth and in the South West lead to Bunbury. Therefore, due to its own rapid population growth and that of Mandurah, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River plus the South West being Perth’s weekend destination of choice, the road and rail links and transport logistics are a major issue for Bunbury.
We certainly have the transport, projects and issues to provide many relevant field visits during the congress including the Kwinana Freeway extension and Forrest Highway, the relatively new rail link to Mandurah, first stage of the Bunbury Port Access road, recently completed Collie River Bridge, and rail lines from Alcoa’s Refinery at Wagerup, and BHP-Billiton at Worsley.
So I take this opportunity to welcome you and say please come to the congress and see what we are building together. I know you will enjoy your visit.