Safe roads will draw visitors

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Wagin Woolorama’s rural ambassador Michael McKenzie on Albany Highway.
Camera IconWagin Woolorama’s rural ambassador Michael McKenzie on Albany Highway. Credit: Michael Traill

Wagin Woolorama’s rural ambassador Michael McKenzie has joined calls for the State Government to invest in widening Albany Highway for driver safety and local economic boost.

Mr McKenzie said driver perception of safety on the highway was key to encouraging visitors to the region.

“We have so much beauty down in the region, there’s so much to see and so much to experience. To encourage people to come down we’ve got to first give them a road that is safe and appropriate to get there,” he said. “You’ve got trucks going on either side of the road, people speeding left, right and centre trying to get around cars and roadworks stopping and starting in between.

“It’s an environment that’s prone to so much risk, there’s too many crosses on the side of Albany and we need to do something about it.”

Mr McKenzie said tourism in the region would see a win if the road became dual lane. “There’s more reason for people wanting to come down and experience the regions if they felt safe, particularly with young families, coming down on that road,” he said.

The rural ambassador isn’t the first Great Southern community leader to call for Albany Highway to be widened to a dual lane.

Recently Plantagenet Shire president Chris Pavlovich and Albany councillor Robert Sutton both proposed widening of Albany Highway.

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