Campaign to extend Mitchell Fwy gears up ahead of State Budget

Pearce MHR Christian Porter. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473445
Pearce MHR Christian Porter. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473445

CAMPAIGNS to extend the Mitchell Freeway north have stepped up ahead of this week’s State Budget, as preliminary work to widen Marmion Avenue starts.

The City of Wanneroo accepted $23 million from the State Government to widen 11.5km of Marmion Avenue from Butler to Yanchep at its August 22 meeting.

The council also approved using $700,000 of that as unbudgeted expenditure in 2017-18 for initial design and documentation.

The City proposed to keep the remaining $22.3 million in a restricted cash account, with most of the works to take place in 2018-19 and construction to be finished by December 2019.

According to a council report, average weekday traffic on Marmion Avenue in Yanchep was about 12,000 vehicles per day.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Connect Wanneroo campaign would relaunch with a focus on getting the freeway to Romeo Road in Alkimos when she attended the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association’s August meeting.

Mrs Roberts said the campaign would “send a very clear message to our decision makers about the importance of extending that freeway to Romeo Road”.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said he was concerned that the State Government might not be planning to extend the freeway for several years, despite Labor candidates highlighting the project as a priority before the March election.

After the opening of the freeway extension to Hester Avenue last month, Mr Porter called for community support on a petition to extend it further, which can be found here.

“It has to appear in the next Labor State Budget,” he said.

“Without them putting it in as a priority, it becomes difficult to fight for federal funding to bring it to reality.

“If it doesn’t appear in the budget, that means it’s not even contemplated in the next four years.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti did not respond for comment before deadline.

According to the 2016 Census results, households in suburbs north of Hester Avenue had about 30,000 motor vehicles, with at least 8000 of those in the rapidly growing suburbs north of Romeo Road.

The statistics, released in June, showed Butler’s 4930 households had more than 6900 vehicles and the 3320 households in Quinns Rocks had at least 5400 vehicles.

Yanchep’s 3575 households had at least 5100 vehicles and the 2590 households established in Alkimos had more than 3600 cars.

The number of cars in Eglinton, Jindalee, Merriwa, Ridgewood and Two Rocks ranged from about 1000 to 3000.

Alkimos: 3600+
Butler: 6900+
Eglinton: 1000+
Jindalee: 1500+
Merriwa: 2900+
Quinns Rocks: 5400+
Ridgewood: 2500+
Two Rocks: 1900+
Yanchep: 5100+
*Tally of one-car, two-car and three-car-plus households in August 2016.

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