City’s big budget wish list

Within the papers was funding for the City�s recreation centre, Cockburn Central police station, the Aubin Grove train station and the My Way NDIS trial to start this July.

However, expected belt tightening has raised doubts if Cockburn will be a winner in the 2015-16 State and Federal budgets.

Cockburn chief executive Stephen Cain said he was hoping to see funding for roadworks and an announcement date for a new high school in the next State Budget.

�For the past two years the City has been lobbying for the Government to commit funding for several major road projects,� he said.

�The most essential of these projects involves the duplication of Russell Road (bridge), so we avoid severe traffic congestion with the opening of the new Aubin Grove train station.�

Mr Cain�s wish for an upgraded Russell Road bridge was answered on April 24 when Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced the bridge would be widened.

�Additionally the capacity of the Atwell High School to accommodate the growing number of Cockburn students is now at its limit,� Mr Cain said.

�We will also be looking for the announcement of a construction date for the new high school at Hammond Park.�

Mr Cain said the City was also lobbying for funding to duplicate Armadale Road and for a new bridge at North Lake Road.

�The $400 million price tag on this infrastructure means that the State will require considerable funding assistance from the Federal Government,� he said.

Cockburn MLA Fran Logan said the North Lake bridge was not on the State Government�s radar and unlikely to be built anytime soon.