Bud­get goes on road

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Front Page - Ben Smith

TWO ma­jor road devel­op­ment projects and park up­grades are the high­light of the City of Gosnells’ 2018-19 bud­get.

The Gar­den Street ex­ten­sion and South­ern River Road du­pli­ca­tion projects are part of an in­creased in­fra­struc­ture bud­get, which has risen from $49.1 mil­lion last year to $52.7m this year.

The two projects form just over a quar­ter of the City’s $15.3m road in­fra­struc­ture bud­get.

Gosnells chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Cowie said the $2.73m Gar­den Street ex­ten­sion from Harpen­den Street to Holmes Street would be partly funded by the State Gov­ern­ment.

“Main Roads WA pre­dicts daily traf­fic vol­umes will be 26,000 be­tween War­ton Road and Bal­four Street by 2031, with ex­ten­sive res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment con­tin­u­ing in South­ern River,” he said.

“The ex­ten­sion is in line with the State Gov­ern­ment’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion Scheme, which shows Gar­den Street even­tu­ally con­nected to Tonkin High­way.”

Mr Cowie said the City had com­mit­ted to spend­ing $1.1m on widen­ing South­ern River Road be­tween Holmes Street and Bullfinch Street over the next year.

“Pro­posed works will in­volve re­lo­ca­tion of ex­ist­ing util­i­ties, land re­sump­tions and some earth­works to pre­pare for road con­struc­tion in 2019-20, based on staged fund­ing ap­proved by the State Gov­ern­ment,” he said.

“The widen­ing be­tween Holmes Street and Bullfinch Street will cater for greater traf­fic vol­umes and pro­vide safer in­ter­sec­tions with the in­stal­la­tion of turn­ing lanes and pedes­trian fa­cil­i­ties.”

A new park in Can­ning Vale, var­i­ous up­grades and the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of Robin­son Park in Gosnells fea­tured in the $8.4m park devel­op­ment bud­get.

“The City will de­velop a new park in Can­ning Vale called Emer­ald Park and un­der­take ma­jor up­grades at Chels­field Street Re­serve (Gosnells) and Holling Street Re­serve (Madding­ton),” Mr Cowie said.

Light­ing will be in­stalled and the foot­path net­work ex­tended at Jean Gar­vey Re­serve.

En­hance­ments will also oc­cur at Hid­cote Nook Re­serve (Can­ning Vale), El­lis Brook Val­ley (Martin) and Langford Oval Re­serve.

Drainage is­sues will be ad­dressed at Packer Park, Cro­marty Gar­dens Re­serve and Civic Cen­tre gar­dens.

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