La­bor must de­liver


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

THE City of Cock­burn will keep the pres­sure on the new State Gov­ern­ment to de­liver on fund­ing for the Ar­madale Road fly­over bridge when the two par­ties meet this week.

New Premier Mark McGowan vis­ited Cock­burn Cen­tral in Jan­uary to spruik La­bor’s plans to scrap the Perth Freight Link (PFL) and re-di­rect fund­ing to other “con­ges­tion-bust­ing projects” if it won the March 11 State Elec­tion. Among those projects was the $166 mil­lion Ar­madale Road fly­over bridge link­ing Ar­madale Road with North Lake Road.

With work on Roe 8 – the first stage of the PFL – stopped, the City is now fol­low­ing up on a time­frame for this to oc­cur.

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Cain said last week Cock­burn was hope­ful a meet­ing with new Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti would oc­cur “in the near fu­ture”.

A spokesman for Cock­burn MLA Fran Lo­gan con­firmed that meet­ing was locked in for Thurs­day.

Mr Cain de­scribed the fly­over as a “game changer” for Cock­burn and Ar­madale res­i­dents, with the num­ber of ve­hi­cle move­ments be­tween the Kwinana Free­way and Solomon Road in Jan­dakot each day ex­pected to boom to 47,700 in 2020, based on a 2013 district traf­fic study.

More than 100,000 ve­hi­cles travel through the grid-locked Cock­burn Cen­tral precinct a day.

But it is not the only road project likely to be needed in the com­ing years.

A re­port pre­sented to Cock­burn coun­cil­lors in 2015 sug­gested a stack of lo­cal road up­grades could be needed if Roe 8 was not built.

While the re­port sug­gested any con­clu­sions drawn from the fore­casts “should be made with care”, it found North Lake Road be­tween Ham­mond and Phoenix roads would need be to widened to six lanes by 2020, with sim­i­lar treat­ment for the Kwinana Free­way be­tween Roe High­way and Row­ley Road and Far­ring­ton Road be­tween Bi­bra Drive and the Kwinana Free­way by 2031.

The City of Cock­burn plans to spend about $280m on its re­gional road net­work over the com­ing decade, with fund­ing to come from de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions, the State Gov­ern­ment, the Metropoli­tan Re­gional Road Group and it own sav­ings.

“As is the nor­mal course of events, the Coun­cil would ex­pect to re­ceive re­ports with rec­om­men­da­tions to ad­dress the traf­fic growth as and when re­quired,” Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said.

Mr Cain said the City reg­u­larly re­viewed its DTS and would do so again now that the PFL had been scrapped.

Coun­cil­lor Steve Portelli, a lone voice among his col­leagues in favour of Roe 8, sug­gested the City work with coun­cils south of Perth on a larger study.

He said Cock­burn and Ar­madale’s Com­mu­nity Con­nect South cam­paign (a push to widen Ar­madale Road and get fund­ing for the fly­over bridge) proved there were ben­e­fits to coun­cils work­ing to­gether.

“I will be push­ing for a new DTS to be done col­lab­o­rat­ing with Fre­man­tle, Melville, Ar­madale and Kwinana. To date due to ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences we have both been bel­liger­ent to­wards each other,” he said.

“There are no ex­cuses now with a sea of red south of the river.”

Melville Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey said Cr Portelli’s idea was in­ter­est­ing, al­though “a solid pro­posal would need to be brought to coun­cil”.

“With re­gards to the com­ple­tion of Roe High­way and traf­fic in­fra­struc­ture, there is with­out a doubt a dif­fer­ence of opin­ion be­tween (Melville and Cock­burn),” he said.

“How­ever we now have a com­mon prob­lem with re­gards to traf­fic con­ges­tion that has to be dealt with in the ab­sence of Roe High­way and the Perth Freight Link – Fed­eral fund­ing.”

Mr Aubrey said more than 6500 sig­na­tures on a pe­ti­tion sup­port­ing Roe 8 showed there was sup­port for it.

“There are com­mu­ni­ties, fam­i­lies, and busi­nesses in the south­ern sub­urbs who want Roe 8 to be built,” he said.

Premier Mark McGowan with Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett. Mr McGowan vis­ited Cock­burn in Jan­uary, when he pledged to scrap the PFL.

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