Peo­ple power pays off

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

THE City of Wanneroo says res­i­dents who sup­ported its com­mu­nity cam­paign Con­nect Wanneroo can be proud of fund­ing an­nounce­ments for rail and road in­fra­struc­ture.

The State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments an­nounced fund­ing plans to ex­tend rail to Yanchep by 2021 and widen Wanneroo Road, ahead of the 2017-18 Fed­eral Bud­get re­lease on May 9.

The City’s cam­paign gen­er­ated 60,000 emails to state and fed­eral politi­cians call­ing for ef­fec­tive trans­port in­fra­struc­ture in the City.

“I sin­cerely thank all res­i­dents for their en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment that re­sulted in the suc­cess of the cam­paign,” Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“At state level, Premier Mark McGowan and Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti have led dis­cus­sions with the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Mathias Cor­mann to de­liver ‘job-cre­at­ing and con­ges­tion-bust­ing projects’.

“In ad­di­tion to the rail­way ex­ten­sion and dual car­riage­way up­grades, the pack­age in­cludes two grade-sep­a­rated in­ter­changes at the in­ter­sec­tions of Wanneroo Road at Ocean Reef Road and Joon­dalup Drive.”

Cowan MHR Anne Aly also wel­comed the fund­ing an­nounce­ments for the in­ter­changes.

“Time spent in traf­fic is time spent away from fam­ily and friends, so dur­ing the last fed­eral elec­tion I cam­paigned hard on build­ing over­passes along Wanneroo Road,” she said.

“These projects will cre­ate lo­cal jobs, which should al­ways be our num­ber one pri­or­ity.”

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