FEDERAL and local politicians have renewed calls for funding to extend the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Road and other infrastructure projects.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough used a speech in Federal Parliament this month to talk about the need for infrastructure funding, highlighting a 6km, $300 million freeway extension.
Mr Goodenough also discussed a $520 million rail extension to Yanchep, widening the freeway southbound from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue and a $140 million expansion at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC).
“Continued Federal Government investment on infrastructure projects will support economic development initiatives and business growth until a satisfactory resolution to the inequitable GST distribution formula is (found),” he said.
The City of Wanneroo welcomed recent news that Premier Mark McGowan remained committed to delivering the freeway extension.
“This is a project we continue to strongly campaign for,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.
“Further lengthening of the freeway will link to Alkimos and beyond, which will play a huge role in connecting Perth to the northern regions.
“The recent extension of the Mitchell Freeway to Hester Ave has made a significant impact in traffic management and commute time, with the initial traffic information reflecting usage even higher than expected.”
The State Government has sent a business case for the freeway extension to Infrastructure Australia for consideration, with discussions held between the Premier and Prime Minister at the recent two-day Council of Australian Government meeting.
Mr Goodenough said adding an extra lane to the freeway southbound for 7.3km between Hodges Drive and Hepburn Avenue and 1.3km between Reid Highway and Erindale Road, at a cost of about $74 million, would reduce traffic congestion.
He said the next, $140 million stage of expansion at JHC would meet the medical needs of an expanding regional population, and Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said it would increase employment opportunities.
“The addition of approximately 115 beds at JHC would add around 700 new full-time health jobs directly at the hospital, and a further 150 jobs will be indirectly created through the flow-on effects of these,” he said.
Mr Jacob said it would also generate more than 1000 jobs during construction.
Mr Goodenough talked about the Boas Place redevelopment in Joondalup, which formed part of the City Deals program.
“City Deals would generate significant momentum for the some of the City of Joondalup’s major projects such as the mixed-use precinct, Boas Place, which will activate the Joondalup city centre,” Mr Jacob said.
He said that would meet the objective of decentralisation within the Perth metropolitan area, while other large scale projects such as the Ocean Reef Marina could also benefit from the City Deals model.