Mandurah: Dower Street intersection upgrade on hold; funds diverted

Mandurah: Dower Street intersection upgrade on hold; funds diverted

THE planned upgrade of the Pinjarra Road, Dower Street and Coolibah Avenue intersection will be put off for a while longer after council failed to acquire land.

City of Mandurah accepted a recommendation to take Federal funding set aside for the intersection upgrade and allocate it to other roads at Tuesday’s council meeting.

An amount of $499,563 was provided to the City through the Federal Government’s Road to Recovery funding program.

Council resolved to delegate authority to its chief executive to acquire land at 304, 306, 308, 310 and 312 Pinjarra Road in order to move ahead with the upgrade.

However, the land acquisition process was not completed within the funding timeline.

The funding will now be allocated towards the upgrade of Bortolo Drive and Coodanup Drive/Newport Drive.

Bortolo Drive’s upgrade will benefit from $316,296 in extra funding and Coodanup Drive/Newport Drive $263,580.

The motion was put forward by councillors Fred Riebeling and Tahlia Jones.

Cr Riebeling said it was a positive move that allowed council to enhance its bottom line.

The motion was carried unanimously.