Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

SINCE Premier McGowan and Trans­port Min­is­ter Saf­fi­oti have ruled out any ex­ten­sion of Roe 8 or 9 High­way and there is $1.2 bil­lion wait­ing to be spent on roads, it's now a great time to up­grade Row­ley or An­ketell roads as an al­ter­na­tive for heavy ve­hi­cles head­ing to Hen­der­son ship build­ing com­plex (HSBC) or Kwinana Outer Har­bour.

There will be a big demand on roads lead­ing to the HSBC within the next few years and also the need to build the Outer Har­bour in the Kwinana In­dus­tries Area (KIA) into a world-class in­ter­na­tional port for the state.

As both Mayor Carol Adams and Nick Evans (Opin­ion) ex­plained, it does show the fu­ture for the KIA and HSBC re­gions that is planned for this re­gion. To ac­com­mo­date the in­crease of heavy ve­hi­cle traf­fic into and out of this area, there is an ur­gent need to up­grade ei­ther Row­ley or An­ketell roads.

Up­grad­ing Row­ley or An­ketell roads now will en­sure in­creases of new in­dus­tries into the Kwinana re­gion, which will be a bonus for the State with im­prove­ments in road safety, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity, grain and stock ve­hi­cles, and re­duce traf­fic into con­gested Fre­man­tle streets and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

There is a need now to look to the fu­ture and com­mence up­grad­ing roads and com­mence work on the outer har­bour.

The State can't sit and wait un­til 2020 be­fore the McGowan Govern­ment makes the move of up­grad­ing this area in an­tic­i­pa­tion of big de­fence con­tracts be­ing awarded to the State and in­creased traf­fic move­ment. STEVEN CRU­DEN, Kwinana ELISE DUG­GAN, Ore­lia

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