Cho­rus of calls for ex­ten­sion

Wanneroo Times - - News - Laura Pond

FED­ERAL politi­cians have joined Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts in call­ing for a fur­ther ex­ten­sion of the Mitchell Free­way.

Just days af­ter the open­ing of the 6km free­way ex­ten­sion to Hester Av­enue in But­ler, Moore MHR Ian Good­e­nough and Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said the road had to con­tinue to Romeo Road in Alki­mos.

Mr Good­e­nough told Par­lia­ment the re­cent free­way open­ing was a boost to the north coastal sub­urbs but urged Fed­eral fund­ing as there was “more work to be done. Due to the pro­jected res­i­den­tial growth, the next 6km stage of the free­way ex­ten­sion, to Romeo Road in Cara­booda, needs to be planned for, de­signed and con­structed in the next term of govern­ment.”

Mr Porter called on res­i­dents to sign a pe­ti­tion via his web­site.

“Our north­ern sub­urbs con­tinue to grow and we con­tinue to need bet­ter road in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port that growth,” he said.

Speak­ing at a Wanneroo Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion event last Wed­nes­day, Mrs Roberts de­scribed the lack of com­mit­ment to­wards the project as “a very sore point”.

“We need a com­mit­ment… to fund and con­struct the free­way ex­ten­sion to Romeo Road in Alki­mos,” she said.

She said the in­fra­struc­ture was needed given the City’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, which is ex­pected to in­crease by 100,000 res­i­dents in the next decade and ex­ceed 300,000 by 2030.

Mrs Roberts was pleased with the Con­nect Wanneroo cam­paign, which sought fund­ing for the project and rail to Yanchep and gar­nered $8 bil­lion of com­mit­ments, but main­tained the Romeo Road ex­ten­sion was still needed.

State Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said ear­lier this month she agreed with the im­por­tance of the project but Fed­eral fund­ing was vi­tal.

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