City of Gosnells budget delivers for road infrastructure, parks development

The Garden Street extension and Southern River Road duplication projects feature in Gosnells' budget.
The Garden Street extension and Southern River Road duplication projects feature in Gosnells' budget.

TWO major road development projects and park upgrades are the highlight of the City of Gosnells’ 2018-19 budget.

The Garden Street extension and Southern River Road duplication projects are part of an increased infrastructure budget, which has risen from $49.1 million last year to $52.7 million this year.

The two projects form just over a quarter of the City’s $15.3 million road infrastructure budget.

Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said the $2.73 million Garden Street extension from Harpenden Street to Holmes Street was required to keep up with a forecast increase in demand and would be partly funded by the State Government.

“Main Roads WA predicts daily traffic volumes will be 26,000 between Warton Road and Balfour Street by 2031, with extensive residential development continuing in Southern River,” he said.

“The extension is in line with the State Government’s Metropolitan Region Scheme, which shows Garden Street eventually connected to Tonkin Highway.”

Mr Cowie said the City had committed to spending $1.1 million on widening Southern River Road between Holmes Street and Bullfinch Street over the next year.

“Proposed works will involve relocation of existing utilities, land resumptions and some earthworks to prepare for road construction in 2019-20, based on staged funding approved by the State Government,” he said.

“The widening between Holmes Street and Bullfinch Street will cater for greater traffic volumes and provide safer intersections with the installation of turning lanes and pedestrian facilities.”

A new park in Canning Vale, various upgrades and the continued development of Robinson Park in Gosnells featured in the $8.4 million park development budget.

“The City will develop a new park in Canning Vale called Emerald Park and undertake major upgrades at Chelsfield Street Reserve (Gosnells) and Holling Street Reserve (Maddington),” Mr Cowie said.

“Upgrades will occur at Jean Garvey Reserve (Gosnells), where lighting will be installed and the footpath network extended.

“Enhancements will also occur at Hidcote Nook Reserve (Canning Vale), Ellis Brook Valley (Martin) and Langford Oval Reserve.

“Drainage issues will be addressed at Packer Park (Kenwick), Cromarty Gardens Reserve (Canning Vale) and the Civic Centre gardens (Gosnells).”