Councils share funding wishlist ahead of federal election

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WITH the 2019 Federal Election less than five weeks away, the cities of Cockburn and Fremantle have shared the issues and projects that are on their funding wish list.

Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett said they had a number of issues of interest, including sports facility funding and Australian Marine Complex (AMC) infrastructure.

“The City is collaborating with other outer metro local governments to establish a fund to build major community sports facilities as there is currently no Federal grant funding available for metropolitan local governments,” he said.

“For Cockburn our critical requirement is to replace the ageing Wally Hagan Basketball Stadium, which will cost around $30m.

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“It has been almost two years since a promise of $100m in funding for improvements to the AMC was announced by Malcolm Turnbull.

“While the State Government has subsequently released its Defence Strategy, to date funding has not been committed to projects in this precinct.”

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said it was “terrific” that they had secured a $115m commitment from both major parties to replace the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, allowing them to turn their attention to other projects.

“The Arthur Head precinct and the Round House is a site of national heritage significance, so it would be great to see a funding commitment towards the work required to address the erosion issues and make the cliffs safe,” he said.

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“We’d also like to see contributions towards bringing Metronet to Fremantle, light rail or trackless trams between Fremantle and Murdoch and the redevelopment of Victoria Quay.”

The Town of East Fremantle did not respond before deadline.

The 2019 Federal Election is on May 18.

 

2019 Funding Wish List

City of Cockburn

-Replacing ageing Wally Hagan Stadium

-Kwinana Freeway capacity expansion

-Australian Marine Complex infrastructure

-Grant assistance for environmental leadership

City of Fremantle

-Fremantle Traffic Bridge

-Arthur Head and Round House conservation/remediation works

-Bringing Metronet to Fremantle, light rail or trackless trams between Fremantle and Murdoch

-Redevelopment of Victoria Quay