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Road woes to ease near Bunbury Farmer’s Market intersections through Federal Budget funds

The Bunbury suburb of Glen Iris has emerged as an unlikely winner from funding announced under the Federal Government Budget last week.

The funding is expected to ease traffic and safety concerns near the perennially popular Bunbury Farmer’s Market.

Major concerns about traffic flow at Vittoria Road in the riverside suburb will be addressed through two separate infrastructure funding pools from the Budget.

The South West’s biggest ever infrastructure project, the Bunbury Outer Ring Road, scored an additional $320 million for Stages 2 and 3 — work which will reduce truck movements and overall road safety at the intersection of Vittoria Road and South Western Highway.

An additional $16m will go towards better connecting Vittoria Road to Forrest Highway, through the construction of a new intersection about 200m west of the existing one.

Bunbury Farmer's Market owner Kevin Opferkuch and general manager Leith Johnston.
Camera IconBunbury Farmer’s Market owner Kevin Opferkuch and general manager Leith Johnston. Credit: Jackson Barrett/Bunbury Herald

“I welcome the decision of the Federal Government to commit to the work that is needed to improve the livability of Glen Iris, now and into the future,” Mr Punch said.

“I have been advocating for a solution to this problematic intersection since I was first elected because of how important it is to the community,” Mr Punch said.

“The State Government has recognised the traffic issues in Glen Iris and has initiated multiple projects to improve the functioning of that road network.”

In May last year the owners of the Bunbury Farmers Market suspended a application at the popular store until after the State Government’s structure plan for Glen Iris was released and changes announced for the intersection of Vittoria Road and Forrest Highway.

And additional $140 million was earmarked in the Budget for regional road safety upgrades, which will flow on to road upgrades across country WA including the South West.

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