THE City of Swan used last week’s visit by WA Premier Colin Barnett and his Cabinet ministers to lobby for infrastructure projects.
Mr Barnett and his Ministers were at the Midland Town Hall last Monday for one of their roving Community Cabinet meetings, which take MPs to different communities.
While in Midland, Mayor Mick Wainwright and councillors spoke to Cabinet members about the Swan region’s rapid population growth and infrastructure requirements.
Councillors recently voted to focus lobbying efforts on three key projects ahead of the 2017 election, including:
n The Lloyd Street Bridge: A vital freight connection between Perth Airport, Hazelmere, Midland and the eastern states;
n The Ellenbrook Recreation Centre: A district-level indoor recreation and aquatic facility complementing major outdoor sports grounds; and
n Stock Road: An intermodal connection road requiring a river and rail crossing to link NorthLink and Great Northern Highway, opening up industrial land for more jobs.
Cr Wainwright said the huge forecast growth in the City of Swan meant planning ahead for future infrastructure and jobs was imperative.
“The City of Swan’s population is expected to grow from about 138,000 to 224,000 in the next 20 years,” Cr Wainwright said.
“Accommodating such substantial growth presents challenges in providing essential infrastructure like recreational facilities, roads and community services.”
“There are 78,000 jobs in the City of Swan, making us the third largest workforce in WA – we must ensure we are providing the infrastructure necessary for this growing economy.”
Meetings also included discussions on the progress of the NorthLink WA project, youth services for Swan’s growth areas and the relocation of the Midland train station.
Deputy Mayor David Lucas said the City’s potential for business, growth and tourism could only be improved through strong partnerships.
“It is important we continue to work with the State and Federal Governments to execute our shared goals of job creation, efficient transport networks and improved social engagement,” he said.