Work will soon commence on the Esperance port access corridor, a project aimed at creating further development in the Great Southern region, and keeping pace with the expanding resources sectors.

In addition to eliminating conflict between road and rail through the removal of two level crossings, the corridor will feature two new overhead bridges, making it easier for locals to walk and drive around the town.

“It [the corridor] will ensure that road and rail access and port capacity keep pace with the growing resources sector, while preserving the safety and livability for local residents,” said Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, who was present at the March sod-turning ceremony, and joined by Transport Minister Troy Buswell and other dignitaries.

Set to be completed in late 2013, the Esperance port access corridor – a partnership between the Federal and Western Australia Governments – is the first stage of a $300-million upgrade. The corridor will greatly benefit the movements of freight such as nickel, iron ore, grain and other goods at the port, and will boost the local economy.

Delivery of the project is being handled by John Holland Pty Ltd, and is scheduled to start this May.

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

January 18, 2021, 9:20 PM AEDT