Duelling priorities on roads

Councillors Rudi Steffens and Norm Hewer. d399666
Councillors Rudi Steffens and Norm Hewer. d399666

Wanneroo councillors Rudi Steffens and Norm Hewer, both long-time members of the City’s roadwise advisory committee, have advocated for upgrades to the road between Joondalup Drive and Hall Road .

They have renewed their call to the State Government to include the project in the 2013-14 Budget, after Mayor Tracey Roberts wrote to the Liberal Party before the State election.

Mrs Roberts said the council supported the upgrade on the Main Roads WA-managed road due to the growth of the Neerabup industrial area, opening of Indian Ocean Drive and proposed Mitchell Freeway extension.

‘The extra traffic generated by land development in the north-west corridor and the Neerabup industrial estate can be managed, provided we upgrade,’ she said.

‘A dual carriageway will also improve road safety.

‘Council has written to both the Premier and Minister for Transport in the past two years seeking a financial commitment to this project.

‘The State Government has acknowledged the need (but) due to other priority infrastructure needs, no commitment to this project has been made in the forward plans.’

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles said he supported upgrades to make Wanneroo Road a dual carriageway, possibly even to Yanchep Beach Road, but because it would cost $77 million, there were other priorities for the region.

‘It is not a small upgrade at all,’ he said. ‘As always, there are priorities ” one of those priorities for us in this region is getting the Mitchell Freeway extended.’

Mr Miles said the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group, which he now chairs, had identified the freeway extension to Hester Avenue as a higher priority, and the State Government had committed to complete it in three years.

‘That road will take off a substantial amount of the traffic on Wanneroo Road,’ he said.

The MP said the State would also fund the Neerabup Drive extension to Flynn Drive, further reducing the volume of traffic on Wanneroo Road.

Mr Miles said the dual carriageway upgrade could be part of a 10-year plan, and it would involve major works to adjust both the road height, and existing sewerage, gas and fibre optic cable infrastructure along that section.