​Bunbury Outer Ring Road

Planning project

The proposed Bunbury Outer Ring Road (BORR) is in three sections - northern, central and southern, as follows:

  • The northern section is between Forrest Highway and the Boyanup Picton Road.
  • The 4 km central section was completed in May 2013, and connects Boyanup Picton Road and South Western Highway south of Bunbury (near Bunbury Airport).  A 3 km extension of the Bunbury Port Access Road (Willinge Drive) was built at the same time.
  • The southern section is between South Western Highway and Bussell Highway.

Constructing the northern and southern sections of the BORR will further improve access to Bunbury Port. Travel times, freight efficiency and road safety will be enhanced, with regional traffic better separated from local movements. Access to existing and proposed industrial areas east of Bunbury will also be improved.

The Commonwealth and State Governments announced a $2.3 billion infrastructure package for Western Australia in 2017. This included a $12.5 million allocation to complete the planning and project development of the unbuilt sections (northern and southern).

A funding application for construction was recently provided to Infrastructure Australia. The working estimated cost of the project is being finalised, however, $560 million of Federal funding is now secured.

A planning review of the alignment of the northern section was presented to the Western Australian Planning Commission in late May 2018. The alignment selection for Bunbury Outer Ring Road northern section is expected to be confirmed by mid-June 2018, and we will be notifying landowners and nearby communities.

Latest news

Community Engagement Opportunity - Calling for Nominations

Two Community Reference Groups (CRG) will be formed to facilitate and enhance communication and collaboration with the local community and stakeholder groups.

The Northern and Central CRG will focus on the new alignment between Forrest Highway and Boyanup Picton Road, as well as improvements to the existing route between Boyanup Picton Road to South Western Highway, which was opened in 2013 as part of the Port Access Road Project.

The Southern CRG will focus on the alignment between South Western Highway and Bussell Highway.

Nominations for membership are invited from residents, local businesses and community groups.

The CRG will:

  • Provide a conduit for two-way communication and stakeholder input.
  • Communicate matters to and from their respective organisations, groups and committees.
  • Collaboratively inform the planning and development process for the project.
  • Assist in identifying and responding to project issues and opportunities identified by project stakeholders to ensure an optimal solution.
  • Provide issue-specific liaison in selecting / assessing options.

A copy of the Draft Terms of Reference and Nomination Form is available.

Consultancy contract awarded

We awarded a consultancy contract to a joint venture comprising BG&E and GHD in March 2018 and have subsequently formed an integrated project team to undertake detailed planning and project development.

The BORR Team will undertake investigations and design work to obtain all necessary project approvals and clearances required for construction.

Stakeholder and community engagement will be a critical component of the program and a number of forums are currently being planned, starting in July 2018. 

Community and stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder and community engagement is continuing, with northern section landowners, local government authorities and State Government agencies. During 2018 and 2019 we will work with all key stakeholders to discuss project issues and minimise potential impacts, including environmental, heritage (Indigenous and European), social and economic impacts.




Image: Bunbury Outer Ring Road Planning Review - under consideration


​Key benefits

  • Reduce local congestion through increasing efficiency for freight vehicles and regional traffic
  • Improve long term access to the Bunbury Port
  • Support socio-economic growth and facilitate integrated development in greater Bunbury and South West Region
  • Enhance amenity on local roads by reducing freight and regional traffic
  • Minimise impacts on affected communities and stakeholders
  • Create a safer road system for our community
  • Respect and enhance our environment and heritage
Last Updated: 14 June 2018