Swan seeks Lloyd Street and pool funding

An artist impression of the proposed Ellenbrook Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
An artist impression of the proposed Ellenbrook Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

THE City of Swan has identified the proposed Lloyd Street bridge and Ellenbrook Aquatic and Leisure Centre as top funding priorities during the Federal Election.

The Federal Government and Opposition both committed to providing $20 million towards the City’s proposed Lloyd Street bridge, which is expected to cost $35 million.

The project aims to relieve congestion issues in the Hazelmere area and save up to 12 minutes for commuters currently detouring around the river.

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It will extend Lloyd Street from Great Eastern Highway through to Abernethy Road.

Mayor David Lucas said he was pleased with the promises for the bridge, which was the City’s number 1 priority.

“This year we ran an innovative lobbying exercise to capture the attention of our local candidates,” he said.

“The City’s Build Bridges Not Traffic campaign uses smart sticker technology to capture data on passing vehicles and automate emails to local MPs reminding them of the issue at hand, and it worked remarkably well.”

Mayor David Lucas.

The City is also seeking additional funding for the proposed Ellenbrook Aquatic and Leisure Centre, which is expected to cost $50 million.

In November, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Federal Labor candidate for Pearce Kim Travers promised $17 million towards the project.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said he had been “fighting hard to get Ellenbrook a pool” and would continue to do so until the necessary funds were secured.

The City’s third priority is the Stock Road upgrade and proposed bridge in Bullsbrook.

The Federal Government has provided $14.7 million towards the project and the City has matched the funding.

The upgrade will connect NorthLink with Great Northern Highway, opening up a new industrial area south of the Pearce Air Force base and creating local jobs in the region.

These projects are listed in the City’s strategic advocacy program.

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