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The proposed Bunbury Outer Ring Road is a 27 kilometre section of highway connecting Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway consisting of three sections – northern, central and southern.

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Northern and Central Section

Corrider Selection Fact Sheet

Following extensive community consultation, the Northern and Central concept has been updated to include north facing ramps at the Raymond Road interchange, providing improved connectivity and reduced noise for nearby local residents.

Detailed investigations and environmental site surveys of this alignment have been carried out.

To review the proposed North Access Strategy Plans from Paris/Clifton to South West Highway East, refer to concept plan part 1. Between South West Highway East and South West Highway South refer to concept plan part 2. The development of these concepts was informed by the detailed investigations, environmental surveys and consultation including meetings with landowners and stakeholders and now includes north facing ramps at Raymond Road.

Planning history

Since early 2017, we have been undertaking an alignment selection planning study, between Forrest Highway and Boyanup - Picton Road. This is to identify an integrated planning solution that is aligned with the future development of Greater Bunbury, and involved the investigation of two possible alignments.

The study was completed in early 2018, and a preferred corridor was selected, with the decision supported by the Western Australian Planning Commission on 31 May 2018. The eastern corridor was selected for various reasons, including:

  • It provides an integrated planning solution and defines an outer perimeter for development rather than dividing the Greater Bunbury footprint.
  • It more effectively separates high speed regional and freight traffic from local traffic improving safety, efficiency and improved port access.
  • It starts further north which will improve safety for a number of intersections along the existing Forrest Highway (including Raymond Road, Grand Entrance, and Hynes Road).
  • It is capable of catering for a future population in excess of 200,000 people with four lanes whereas the previous corridor would require a wider footprint with more lanes and larger interchanges.

We are now progressing with the blue alignment, as the preferred option - Northern Section Selection Report.

Central Section

The four kilometre central section was completed in May 2013, and connects Boyanup Picton Road and South western Highway, south of Bunbury (near Bunbury Airport). A three kilometre extension of Bunbury Port Access Road (Willinge Drive) was built at the same time.

Southern Section

The preferred alignment for the Southern section has been chosen and we are proceeding with planning the southern alignment through the existing road reserve.

Development of the concept is ongoing and we are continuing with stakeholder and community engagement.

We have placed an Expression of Interest for the design and construction of BORR on the State Government’s Tenders WA website . The purpose of the advice is to alert industry to the planned procurement of the construction contract for BORR.

The procurement of major construction contracts such as that for BORR can take around 12 months to complete which is why we have begun the process now. Construction of the project remains subject to all necessary environmental and heritage approvals being obtained.

To view the southern section alignment and proposed local accesses and shared paths, please see the latest concept plan. The Bunbury Outer Ring Road South Alignment Selection Report has also been recently released.

Planning history

The existing corridor has been reserved within the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme for many years. However, when referring the project for environmental approval it is necessary to demonstrate that there are not feasible alternatives with lesser environmental impact.

The road reserve through Gelorup includes Federally listed habitat for the Western Ringtail Possum, Black Cockatoo and Banksia Woodland Threatened Ecological Community. In May 2018, The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy changed the status of the Western Ringtail Possum under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered. This is the highest classification level possible before a species is declared extinct.

As a result of this reclassification and the other Matters of National Environmental Significance, we undertook additional investigations to support the environmental referral process. An alternative corridor was identified for investigation, within which environmental surveys were undertaken and consultation with potentially affected landowners was carried out.

Local Roads

A key benefit is to significantly reduce the amount of regional and freight traffic using local roads through Greater Bunbury. As a “control of access” highway, BORR will only be accessible via major connections.  This means that some local roads will be either bridged over or closed on either side. Where roads are closed, works will be carried out to maintain access.

Interchanges

For the northern and central sections, grade separated interchanges (where two roads are separated, with one going over the other) are planned at the following locations:

  • Forrest Highway, near Australind
  • Raymond Road
  • South Western Highway (near Waterloo Road)
  • Waterloo (located at Wireless Road)
  • Willinge Drive

Grade separated interchanges for the southern section are planned at Centenary Road and Bussell Highway.

Local access options planning for Gelorup, North Boyanup and South Bunbury/Stratham are still in progress. A local access strategy workshop for Gelorup was held on 23 July.

BORR South Preliminary Access Strategy Map

Planning is being undertaken for these grade separated interchanges. Whether these are all built as part of the project is likely to be decided later in the year. As an example, an intersection such as a roundabout may be determined to be sufficient in the medium term.

Last Updated: 27 September 2019