RE­SPONSE DIS­AP­POINT­ING

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion - SABINE WIN­TON, Wan­neroo MLA

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.

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