Lobby group on way to Canberra

Swan MHR Steve Irons.
Swan MHR Steve Irons.

Shire president Bruce Moore and chief executive Richard Gorbunow will leave next month with the $300 million extension of Tonkin Highway to Mundijong top on their list.

Close behind is a push for a Murdoch University Campus at Whitby Falls.

Last year the National Trust agreed to a proposal for Murdoch University to have a long-term lease on the Whitby Falls Farms, which fell into disuse after a mental health facility was closed in 2004.

Phase 1 of the works includes the restoration of cattle and sheep farming for teaching and research activities.

This first phase is estimated to cost more than $11.5 million.

Murdoch is investing $1.8 million this year to help realise the potential of the project but needs significant support from both State and Federal governments.

A regional sporting complex estimated to cost $30 million in its first phase, and a further $7.5 million in phase 2, will also be put on the table.

The shire will seek support for the creation of industrial land in Cardup and West Mundijong, and Jarrahdale Heritage Park needs nearly $6.3 million for a development to boost tourism.

Mr Gorbunow said the shire was presented with conflicting challenges on many fronts.

These challenges include the need to accommodate population growth, diversify its economic base, develop sustainable infrastructure, establish employment self-sufficiency and provide infrastructure.