Cam­paign gears up


North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis More, page 3

CAM­PAIGNS to ex­tend the Mitchell Free­way north have stepped up ahead of this week’s State Bud­get, as pre­lim­i­nary work to widen Marmion Av­enue starts.

The City of Wan­neroo ac­cepted $23 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment to widen 11.5km of Marmion Av­enue from But­ler to Yanchep at its Au­gust 22 meet­ing.

The coun­cil also ap­proved us­ing $700,000 of that as un­bud­geted ex­pen­di­ture in 2017-18 for ini­tial de­sign and doc­u­men­ta­tion.

The City pro­posed to keep the re­main­ing $22.3 mil­lion in a re­stricted cash ac­count, with most of the works to take place in 201819 and con­struc­tion to be fin­ished by De­cem­ber 2019.

Ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port, av­er­age week­day traf­fic on Marmion Av­enue in Yanchep was about 12,000 ve­hi­cles per day.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Con­nect Wan­neroo cam­paign would re­launch with a focus on get­ting the free­way to Romeo Road in Alki­mos when she at­tended the Two Rocks Yanchep Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion’s Au­gust meet­ing.

Mrs Roberts said the cam­paign would “send a very clear mes­sage to our de­ci­sion mak­ers about the im­por­tance of ex­tend­ing that free­way to Romeo Road”.

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said he was con­cerned that the State Gov­ern­ment might not be plan­ning to ex­tend the free­way for sev­eral years, de­spite La­bor can­di­dates high­light­ing the project as a pri­or­ity be­fore the March elec­tion.

Af­ter the open­ing of the free­way ex­ten­sion to Hester Av­enue last month, Mr Porter called for com­mu­nity sup­port on a pe­ti­tion to ex­tend it fur­ther, which can be found at

“It has to ap­pear in the next La­bor State Bud­get,” he said. “With­out them putting it in as a pri­or­ity, it be­comes dif­fi­cult to fight for fed­eral fund­ing to bring it to re­al­ity.

“If it doesn’t ap­pear in the bud­get, that means it’s not even con­tem­plated in the next four years.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti did not re­spond for com­ment be­fore dead­line.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Cen­sus re­sults, house­holds in sub­urbs north of Hester Av­enue had about 30,000 mo­tor ve­hi­cles, with at least 8000 of those in the rapidly grow­ing sub­urbs north of Romeo Road.

The statis­tics, re­leased in June, showed But­ler’s 4930 house­holds had more than 6900 ve­hi­cles and the 3320 house­holds in Quinns Rocks had at least 5400 ve­hi­cles.

Yanchep’s 3575 house­holds had at least 5100 ve­hi­cles and the 2590 house­holds es­tab­lished in Alki­mos had more than 3600 cars.

The num­ber of cars in Eglinton, Jin­dalee, Mer­riwa, Ridge­wood and Two Rocks ranged from about 1000 to 3000.

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