Libs will build on-ramp


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STATE ELECTION ‘17 - Aaron Cor­lett

THE Lib­eral Party has com­mit­ted $15 mil­lion to a south­bound on-ramp at the Man­ning Road and Kwinana Free­way in­ter­sec­tion, if re-elected.

Af­ter decades of in­ac­tion from both sides of pol­i­tics, the an­nounce­ment adds to the $20 mil­lion pledged by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment last year.

Cur­rently, mo­torists who want to travel south from Man­ning Road need to loop around on Can­ning High­way be­fore en­ter­ing the free­way.

The Lib­er­als ex­pect con­struc­tion to start in early 2019. Trans­port Min­is­ter Bill Marmion said it would take about a year to com­plete, with some build­ings in the path of the road re­moved.

“A fi­nal de­sign has to be done now but ob­vi­ously it’s likely the flats will have to go be­cause you need to get ex­tra widen­ing for a left turn slip (lane),” he said.

Mr Marmion said the length of time taken for any gov­ern­ment to com­mit to it came down to money and the fact it was a safe Lib­eral seat, which meant La­bor were less likely to make it a pri­or­ity.

Man­ning res­i­dent Michael O’Brien owns one of the prop­er­ties near the ramp and said the an­nounce­ment was a long­time com­ing.

“I re­mem­ber get­ting a let­ter about 30 years ago from the Roads Board, which is now Main Roads it was that long ago, say­ing they were look­ing at the ramp,” he said. “There will be less con­ges­tion.” South Perth La­bor can­di­date Michale Voros said the State and Fed­eral Lib­eral gov­ern­ments had talked about the project for years but had failed to de­liver it.

“The Lib­er­als have been in gov­ern­ment for eight years and failed to progress this project,” he said.

“Even when the Fed­eral Lib­er­als promised to con­trib­ute fund­ing to­wards the project eight months ago, Mr Marmion and State Lib­er­als were nowhere to be seen.

“Now, on the eve of the State Elec­tion, Mr Marmion has sud­denly taken an in­ter­est in the project. The com­mu­nity has a right to be ex­tremely cyn­i­cal about this."

Greens can­di­date for South Perth Mark Bro­gan said his party would sup­port the project if it de­liv­ered durable en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and health ben­e­fits.

“There are real doubts as to whether the ramp will ever be de­liv­ered,” he said. “We'd also like to see the long-awaited train sta­tion near the zoo in South Perth.”

Decades in the mak­ing... Swan MHR Steve Irons, Trans­port Min­is­ter Bill Marmion and South Perth MLA John McGrath at the an­nounce­ment of the south­bound on­ramp at the Man­ning Road and Kwinana Free­way in­ter­sec­tion.

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