Call for local roads funds

WALGA president Troy Pickard.
WALGA president Troy Pickard.

The call was made by WA Local Government Association president Troy Pickard following the release of the organisation’s Local Road Crash Report for the metropolitan region between 2003 and 2012.

The report revealed that 63 per cent of crashes where someone was killed or seriously injured occurred on local roads, yet they only receive 15 per cent of the total road funding pool.

Mr Pickard said the report highlighted a dangerous discrepancy between State and local road funding, with $988 million allocated for State roads compared and just $176 million for local roads.

He said a more balanced funding model in Perth was needed as local governments are responsible for 88 per cent of the road network.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said WA was the only state to provide revenue from motor vehicle registrations to local governments to build and maintain roads.

He added that the $176 million for local roads could not be compared to the $988 million for state roads as it did not take into account funds received from the Commonwealth, nor the funds local governments invest from their own sources.