City of Wanneroo claims campaign success for road and rail funding

Residents supported the Connect Wanneroo campaign, including Gary Duffield of Alkimos, Adena Leach of Yanchep with children Kayleigh and Daniel, campaign bus driver Peter Jackson, Natasha Tolley with son Benaiah from Alkimos and her neighbour Jeremy Francis.
Residents supported the Connect Wanneroo campaign, including Gary Duffield of Alkimos, Adena Leach of Yanchep with children Kayleigh and Daniel, campaign bus driver Peter Jackson, Natasha Tolley with son Benaiah from Alkimos and her neighbour Jeremy Francis.

THE City of Wanneroo says residents who supported its community campaign, Connect Wanneroo, can be proud of funding announcements for rail and road infrastructure.

The State and Federal governments announced funding plans to extend rail to Yanchep by 2021 and widen Wanneroo Road ahead of the 2017-18 Federal Budget release on May 9.

The City’s campaign generated 60,000 emails to State and Federal politicians calling for effective transport infrastructure within the City.

“I sincerely thank all residents for their enthusiasm and commitment that resulted in the success of the campaign,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“I also thank the State and Federal government for negotiating the $2 billion funding package that will allow these projects to come to fruition.

“At state level, Premier Mark McGowan and minister for Transport, Planning and Lands Rita Saffioti have led discussions with the Federal Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann to deliver ‘job creating and congestion busting projects’.

“In addition to the railway extension and dual carriageway upgrades, the package includes two grade-separated interchanges at the intersections of Wanneroo Road at Ocean Reef Road and Joondalup Drive.”

Cowan MHR Anne Aly also welcomed the funding announcements for the interchanges.

“Time spent in traffic is time spent away from family and friends, so during the last Federal election I campaigned hard on building overpasses along Wanneroo Road,” she said.

“These projects will create local jobs, which should always be our number one priority.”

Ms Roberts said the City would continue its advocacy work to create more local jobs for local people, improving lifestyle and choices for residents.

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