KICK IN THE GUTS FOR MELVILLE RES­I­DENTS

Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

Again, res­i­dents in the City of Melville have been let down by the state gov­ern­ment.

Last month's re­lease of the fi­nal de­sign for the Mur­doch Drive Con­nec­tion link­ing our hos­pi­tals to Kwinana Free­way and Roe High­way is an­other kick in the guts for the peo­ple of Melville.

Last year, La­bor won the State elec­tion and pri­ori­tised shut­ting down the Roe High­way project.

Whether be­cause they be­lieve the con­ges­tion on the way into Fre­man­tle is not an is­sue that needs an im­me­di­ate res­o­lu­tion or whether they are just against it be­cause the Lib­er­als are for it is not for me to say.

What I can say, with com­plete con­fi­dence, is that the de­ci­sion on the fi­nal de­sign for the Mur­doch Drive con­nec­tion is purely po­lit­i­cal.

The out­come for the City of Cock­burn is bril­liant.

The de­sign en­sures ve­hi­cles com­ing from the Kwinana Free­way or Roe High­way can­not get onto Far­ring­ton Road or Bi­bra Drive as they exit.

The only place these ve­hi­cles can go is up Mur­doch Drive, re­sult­ing in more traf­fic through Melville.

The Min­is­ter says 'bal­ance' has been struck, but I see noth­ing of the sort.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Saf­fiotti, the fi­nal de­sign ad­dresses con­cerns from the Bi­bra Lake com­mu­nity and the City of Cock­burn.

Melville's con­cerns have been en­tirely ig­nored. Not quite bal­ance.

MELVILLE COUN­CIL­LOR NI­COLE ROBINS

Bate­man-Kardinya-Mur­doch Ward

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