IT’S more than a little bit rich for Pearce MHR Christian Porter to be “disappointed” that the forward estimates in the recent State Budget did not include funding to extend the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Road (Times, September 15). Really?
I was a member of the Mitchell Freeway Community Reference Group since its inception by the Barnett government, of which Mr Porter was the then State Treasurer.
We repeatedly asked that the freeway extension go to Romeo Road.
The preferred option and the recommendation of that reference group was clear.
We were the ones disappointed to be ignored by Mr Porter who held the purse strings, ignored us and then deserted his community for greener pastures in Canberra.
He neglected the northern suburbs then, was a treasurer in the Barnett government that has left a legacy of record state debt and is now somehow trying to suggest that the McGowan government has let the northern suburbs down.
We are delivering on a $780 million congestion-busting road and rail package, including the Yanchep rail extension.
Whilst I would love to see the freeway extended to Romeo Road, our priority and budget constraints mean we have prioritised public transport.
Mr Porter has had five years in Canberra watching us continue to be ripped off with such an unfair share of the GST revenue. Now that’s what I call disappointing.