Federal Govt promises up to $650,000 for Hale Road upgrade if re-elected


Shire of Kalamunda councillor Dylan O’Connor, Forrestfield MLA Nathan Morton, Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt and Shire of Kalamunda chief executive Rhonda Hardy.
Shire of Kalamunda councillor Dylan O’Connor, Forrestfield MLA Nathan Morton, Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt and Shire of Kalamunda chief executive Rhonda Hardy.

ROAD safety in Forrestfield has received a major boost after Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt said a re-elected Turnbull Government would invest up to $650,000 to upgrade the Hale Road/Woolworths Drive intersection in the Shire of Kalamunda.

Mr Wyatt said the notorious intersection has been an important priority for him since 2014. His office is in the shopping centre at Forrestfield and he has to use the road every day.

“After a number of constituents contacted me about the intersection, I started meeting with the parties involved to look at suggested solutions to the issue.

“As this intersection is also privately owned, successful lobbying for funding has required collaboration and communications between the owner and state and local governments,” Mr Wyatt said.

A Fight for a Safer Intersection campaign in 2014 resulted in more than 400 residents signing a petition agreeing that the intersection required upgrading – a clear indication of how important this is to the community.

The State Government will commit one-third of the funding for this project thanks to the work of Forrestfield MLA Nathan Morton.

“This investment will help make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

The Turnbull Government has announced it will invest $6.4 billion in WA as part of an unprecedented transport investment program.

The package includes $490 million for the Forrestfield Airport Link, $1.1 billion for Perth Freight Link and funds in the Roads to Recovery program as well.

Forrestfield MLA Nathan Morton said he was delighted with the commitment.

“I congratulate Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt, who has made a promise to fund the upgrade of the Hale Road/Woolworths Drive Intersection to go with the one-third commitment.”

In a grievance to Transport Minister Dean Nalder on Thursday, May 12, Mr Morton said he was acutely aware of the importance of delivering transport solutions to the public and the State Government had been busy investing heavily in those roads in the area.

“We have achieved significant productivity gains and vastly improving safety for mums and dads and road users alike,” Mr Morton said.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government would consider a one-third funding contribution to enable the works to begin.

Kalamunda shire president Andrew Waddell said the funding was long overdue and he was thrilled with the announcement and appreciated Ken Wyatt’s help in pulling the funding together.

“We are grateful and we welcome this funding because the community has been asking for this for some time and it has been a dangerous and congested intersection,” Cr Waddell said.

It’s believed The Hawaiian Group will put up the third part of the funding, as the road is a private road managed by the shopping centre group.