Bayswater Mayor looks down different roads for State funds

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti flanked by Premier Mark McGowan.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti flanked by Premier Mark McGowan.

BAYSWATER Mayor Barry McKenna says the City will be writing to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to explore more funds for roads in light of the $10 million State roads funding cut for local governments.

Key parts of the State Budget included $1 million to upgrade Walter Road and Wellington Road intersection, funding for the planning of the Morley-Ellenbrook train line, $3 million to fix access issues caused by the NorthLinkWA project and $2 million to redevelop the Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.

Cr McKenna said he would like to see more funding for the state road funds reinstated.

“Although the City would like to have seen more funding for local infrastructure, the City understands the tight financial constraints the State Government is currently experiencing,” he said.

Cr McKenna said the City was not concerned about the $100,000 drop in funding to fix access issues to Lightning Park in Noranda, for which WA Labor pledged $3.1 million during the election.

“Last week, council resolved to take no further action at this stage, as Main Roads WA has indicated that an egress from Lightning Park should be in place prior to mid-2019,” he said.

Schools also benefited from the Budget, with John Forrest Secondary College (JFSC) receiving $50 million and $1.5 million upgrades to Morley SHS, North Morley PS and Weld Square PS.

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