City of Wanneroo councillors debate changes to status of Marmion Ave and Ocean Reef Rd


Changes to Marmion Avenue have raised questions.        d461571
Changes to Marmion Avenue have raised questions.        d461571

A REPORT recommending the City of Wanneroo seek reclassification of Marmion Avenue and Ocean Reef Road as state roads again raised questions from councillors at this week’s briefing session.

The City’s report was previously presented at the November 1 briefing but following questioning from councillors, was withdrawn before the meeting to allow further investigation.

Assets director Harminder Singh said it now included a list of all metropolitan roads under State Government control, a comparison with other local government areas and more information on expected costs based on financial modelling.

Crs Sabine Winton and Linda Aitken declared impartiality interests in the item as Labor and Liberal candidates respectively in the upcoming State election, with Cr Winton opting to leave the chamber and Cr Aitken remaining.

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Cr Domenic Zappa asked how much of the estimated expenditure forecast for the roads over the next 20 years would be incurred by ratepayers if funding was not provided by the State Government.

“It would be a very heavy burden by ratepayers to carry,” he said.

Mr Singh said of the $74.5 million total cost, $40 million was based on municipal funds.

Cr Aitken asked whether Yanchep was operating as a strategic metropolitan centre given the fact that Main Roads rejected the City’s 2011 funding application it suggested it could be reconsidered once it was functioning as such.

Planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson agreed it was not and Cr Aitken foreshadowed an amendment to the recommendation.

The report recommends the Mayor write to the Premier and Transport Minister to seek the reclassification of Marmion Avenue and Ocean Reef and Gnangara roads as primary distributor roads by the State Government, and requests the Government create a dual carriageway on Marmion Avenue to Yanchep Beach Road or provide funding for the City to do so.

Councillors will vote on the item at Tuesday’s meeting.