Bud­get hopes

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jaime Shurmer

The City of Cock­burn has given its wish­list ahead of next week's State Bud­get.

THE State Gov­ern­ment has in­jected sig­nif­i­cant funds in the Cock­burn area, but with the State Bud­get be­ing handed down on Septem­ber 7, the City wants $2.6 mil­lion to du­pli­cate a 100m bridge on Spear­wood Av­enue.

The coun­cil has of­fered to con­trib­ute $1.3 mil­lion if the State pays the re­main­ing $2.6 mil­lion.

The City was un­able to se­cure Fed­eral fund­ing through the Small Bridge Re­newal fund de­spite two attempts.

“The City has ap­pealed to the State Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide funds to du­pli­cate the Main Roads WA bridge over the freight rail net­work on Spear­wood Av­enue as part of the ur­gent du­pli­ca­tion of this busy Re­stricted Ac­cess Ve­hi­cle Net­work route,” Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said.

The Metropoli­tan Road Group has al­ready con­trib­uted $2.7 mil­lion to du­pli­cate ei­ther side of the bridge, but these funds must be spent in the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year so the city is un­able to de­lay.

Bridges are in­el­i­gi­ble for Metropoli­tan Road Group fund­ing.

“While recog­nis­ing the cost pres­sure the state is un­der, the City urges that con­sid­er­a­tion be given to our of­fer as the most ex­pe­di­ent and ra­tio­nal ap­proach to pro­ceed­ing with these ur­gent works,” Mr Howlett said.

“On be­half of our com­mu­nity, the City of Cock­burn is very grate­ful for sig­nif­i­cant State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing it has re­ceived in re­cent months, both in the lead-up to and fol­low­ing the state elec­tion in March,” Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said.

“As a re­sult, mil­lions of dol­lars will be spent in the City to im­prove roads, in­clud­ing free­way ac­cess, which will help re­duce traf­fic congestion into the fu­ture.”

Monies have also been used to in­clude new fenced dog parks, an up­graded skate park at Bi­bra Lake, re­fur­bish­ment of the South Lake Ottey Fam­ily Centre and its out­door re­cre­ation ar­eas, and $100,000 to plant na­tive trees.

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