Flyover bridge ‘a necessity’

Cockburn Gateway centre manager Leanne Chaproniere at an information evening last Tuesday.
Cockburn Gateway centre manager Leanne Chaproniere at an information evening last Tuesday.

Ms Chaproniere was the key speaker at an information evening hosted by the Atwell Lions Club recently where she spoke about the future of the shopping hub. Completion of stage three will mean 170 shops will be on offer to consumers.

It will also mean an upgrade to local roads, with the Perron Group spending $4.1 million on widening Beeliar Drive between Wentworth Parade and the Kwinana Freeway to six lanes and installing traffic lights on Wentworth Parade.

The traffic lights are expected to be up and running by the second week of December.

Ms Chaproniere said crews began digging out the 476-bay underground car park in late August. More than 100,000 cubic metres of dirt will be transported off site over the coming months.

Despite the exciting news for shoppers and commuters, she was keen to see the North Lake bridge built as soon as possible.

‘We know how we want to do the roads internally for our customers, but there’s a big picture and other people involved,’ she said.

‘Up to 170 shops is all we can do until the infrastructure grows.

‘The North Lake bridge is the hub that makes all of Cockburn Central work. It’s a necessity for the area.’

Slow progress on the bridge has not stopped LandCorp from upgrading North Lake Road between Kentucky Court and Beeliar Drive.

A four-way traffic light intersection will be placed at Kentucky Drive, with the stretch of road between Kentucky and Beeliar drives to be renamed Midgegooroo Avenue.

The new intersection offers the State Government an obvious outlet road to build the bridge, but with no money in August’s State Budget, it looks like it will be a while before anything is started.