Lead­ers ramp up bridge push

IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE VI­TAL FOR RE­GION

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

The Com­mu­nity Con­nect­ing South (CCS) cam­paign, first launched by Ar­madale and Cock­burn in the lead-up to last year’s Can­ning by-elec­tion, aimed to se­cure $290 mil­lion in fund­ing to have Ar­madale Road up­graded to a dual car­riage­way be­tween Verde Drive in Jandakot and An­stey Road in For­rest­dale, and for a new bridge over the free­way.

The Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments com­mit­ted half of that for the work on Ar­madale Road, but the bridge re­mains un­funded.

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett ar­gued that fin­ish­ing the job was vi­tal, with traf­fic is­sues at Cock­burn Cen­tral hav­ing spread be­yond peak pe­ri­ods.

More than 100,000 cars pass through the precinct ev­ery day.

“We are fac­ing un­prece­dented pop­u­la­tion growth with 10,000 new homes and more than 20,000 peo­ple ex­pected to move to the re­gion in the next five years,” Mr Howlett said.

“We know from last year’s cam­paign that this is a ma­jor is­sue for res­i­dents, com­muters and busi­nesses and we call on all can­di­dates in this elec­tion to fin­ish the job and com­mit to fund­ing of the Ar­madale Road Bridge.”

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said the pro­posed road up­grades would pro­vide a mas­sive boost for busi­ness in the area.

“Ar­madale Road con­nects peo­ple to jobs that are avail­able via the free­way and coastal strip,” he said.

“Bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity will not only boost lo­cal busi­ness but cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties and im­prove the so­cial health of our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Traf­fic con­ges­tion is at break­ing point. Un­less some­thing is done now it could well be too late.” As we saw in the re­port only this week, the sub­urbs of Har­ris­dale, For­rest­dale and Piara Waters are the hous­ing growth cen­tres of WA.

That is putting enor­mous pres­sure on trans­port in­fra­struc­ture.

That is why I have been work­ing ever since the Can­ning by-elec­tion with the cities of Ar­madale and Cock­burn about their plans so this project comes to fruition. It is so im­por­tant for all of Perth.

It will bring over 1700 jobs to this area. I’ll be fight­ing hard to see a com­mit­ment from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment for this project.

A $145 mil­lion com­mit­ment has brought the road this close and we need to fin­ish the job.

I will ap­proach key gov­ern­ment min­is­ters to en­sure we get the sup­port to be able to build a road that is go­ing to pro­vide jobs and to con­nect where peo­ple are at.

We need a safer and more ef­fi­cient con­nec­tion to the free­way and we need to be able to con­nect east to west.

A map shows the pro­posed bridge from Ar­madale Road to North Lake Road.

Lib­eral can­di­date for Burt Matt O’Sul­li­van:

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