Canning MHR Hastie calls for Tonkin Hwy extension

Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale president Michelle Rich, Mathias Cormann and Andrew Hastie at the site of the proposed Tonkin Highway extension on Mundijong Road.
Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale president Michelle Rich, Mathias Cormann and Andrew Hastie at the site of the proposed Tonkin Highway extension on Mundijong Road.

THE Tonkin Highway extension project needs to get off the ground, according to Federal member for Canning Andrew Hastie.

Mr Hastie met with Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and representatives of the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale late last month to discuss the project, which was first announced in 2016 and proposes an extension of Tonkin Highway through to Forrest Highway south of Pinjarra.

The first part of the proposal would see the highway extended to Mundijong Road.

Mr Hastie said the Serpentine-Jarrahdale area was one of the fastest growing in Australia and would benefit from the extension.

“The purpose of the meeting was to give the finance minister an opportunity to view the project on the ground, rather than just on paper,” he said.

“It was a very positive meeting; the minister understands that extending the Tonkin Highway south to Mundijong Road is critical to sustainable population growth in Serpentine-Jarrahdale.

“There is wide community support for this project, and all five local governments in the Peel region have identified it as a priority.

“The next step for us is to harness that community support, and encourage the State Government to put the Tonkin Highway extension at the top of their to-do list.”