May­ors hit the road

The cities of Cock­burn and Ar­madale have joined forces on a $290 mil­lion mis­sion to link ma­jor hubs and ad­dress traf­fic con­ges­tion from the Hills to the west coast.

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

THE North Lake Road fly­over bridge has been put back on the agenda as one half of a $290 mil­lion plan by the cities of Cock­burn and Ar­madale to ad­dress sti­fling con­ges­tion and im­prove ac­cess to ma­jor hubs.

The coun­cils, work­ing un­der a Com­mu­nity Con­nect­ing South ban­ner, are also call­ing for Ar­madale Road to be up­graded to a dual car­riage­way be­tween Verde Drive in Jan­dakot and Anstey Road in For­rest­dale.

The CCS part­ner­ship is chas­ing $160 mil­lion from the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments for the fly­over bridge and free­way in­ter­change, and a fur­ther $130 mil­lion com­mit­ment by 2018 for work on the 7km stretch of Ar­madale Road.

They say ad­dress­ing in­fra- struc­ture needs will un­block the “en­ter­prise arc” in the south, boost­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and em­ploy­ment.

And they are will­ing to make it an elec­tion is­sue, pre­par­ing a four-week cam­paign in the leadup to Septem­ber’s Can­ning by­elec­tion.

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said traf­fic is­sues at Cock­burn Cen­tral had spread be­yond peak pe­ri­ods.

And it is lit­tle won­der when close to 20,000 peo­ple have moved to within 5km of the precinct in the past decade.

“The im­por­tant is­sue is to have the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion recog­nise the need for this cru­cial in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment, hence the fo­cus is on ob- tain­ing a prom­ise of fund­ing,” Mr Howlett said.

“The con­struc­tion pro­gram would take sev­eral years to com­plete as it is not on the cur­rent State Gov­ern­ment cap­i­tal works plan, which is why the two lo­cal gov­ern­ments are seek­ing to make it a key elec­toral is­sue.”

Like Cock­burn Cen­tral’s quick growth, Piara Wa­ters, For­rest- dale and Har­ris­dale have added 16,000 res­i­dents over the past decade.

The Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity’s For­rest­dale Busi­ness Park is ex­pected to house 700 busi­nesses and 15,000 work­ers.

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said the up­grades would make Ar­madale Road a spine ser­vic­ing grow­ing residentia­l and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties.

“The speed of residentia­l and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment along Ar­madale Road con­tin­ues to out­pace all ex­pec­ta­tions and has placed in­creased pres­sures on the Ni­chol­son Road-Ar­madale Road and Wright Road-Ar­madale Road in­ter­sec­tions,” he said.

“These trans­port cor­ri­dors are ma­jor con­trib­u­tors to the state’s econ­omy, (link­ing to) ports, in­dus­trial ar­eas, and freight and lo­gis­tics in­dus­tries.

“Con­ges­tion erodes busi­ness com­pet­i­tive­ness and im­pacts neg­a­tively on pro­duc­tiv­ity, em­ploy­ment and busi­ness at­trac­tion and re­stricts job growth.”

Pic­ture: Paul McGovern

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones (left) and Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett hit the streets last week to pro­mote their cam­paign.

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