Freeway extension group set to meet

Main Roads project director Chris Raykos said the group would have its first meeting on Wednesday, September 18.

Staff from the Public Transport Authority, Landcorp and Department of Environment and Conservation will also be involved, as will representatives from the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo and the MPs for Joondalup and Wanneroo.

‘The CRG’s primary role will be to help Main Roads to address community and key stakeholder concerns during the development of the preliminary design on areas such as noise mitigation, traffic management, environmental impacts and pedestrian and cycling access,’ Mr Raykos said.

‘Community members are encouraged to contact Don Scott, Main Roads’ community relations representative for local representative contact details.’

Mr Raykos said Main Roads was developing the preliminary design for the project, including undertaking a ground survey, services and utilities, geotechnical, environmental, European and Aboriginal heritage assessments.

Last year, a community working group spent six months identifying road transport options to ease congestion in the northern suburbs, before Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced the $315 million 6km extension of the freeway from Burns Beach Road.

Earlier this month, Mr Buswell, who is also the State Treasurer, announced there would be $1 million allocated to the project this financial year, then $4 million in the next financial year, $20 million in 2015-16 and $127 million in 2016-17.

Butler MLA John Quigley said that meant the project would not be fully funded or completed until at least 2017-18.

For more information on the community reference group, email Don Scott on msense@bigpond.net.au or call 0419 860 979.