Budget goes on road
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.