FEDERAL politicians have joined Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts’ calls for a further extension of the Mitchell Freeway.
Just days after the opening of the 6km freeway extension to Hester Avenue in Butler, Moore MHR Ian Goodenough and Pearce MHR Christian Porter expressed the need for the road to continue to Romeo Road in Alkimos.
Mr Goodenough told Parliament the recent freeway opening was a boost to the north coastal suburbs but urged Federal funding as there was “more work to be done”.
“Due to the projected residential growth, the next 6km stage of the freeway extension, to Romeo Road in Carabooda, needs to be planned for, designed and constructed in the next term of government,” he said.
Mr Porter called on residents to sign a petition via his website that he could deliver to the Government.
“Our northern suburbs continue to grow and we continue to need better road infrastructure to support that growth, ease congestion and improve community connectivity,” he said.
“This is all about making our lives even easier and getting us home to our families even faster.”
Speaking at a Wanneroo Business Association event on Wednesday, Mrs Roberts described the lack of commitment towards the project as “a very sore point”.
“We need a commitment…to fund and construct the freeway extension to Romeo Road in Alkimos,” she said.
“We will maintain the pressure on Canberra.”
She said the infrastructure was needed given the City’s growing population, which is expected to increase by 100,000 residents in the next decade and exceed 300,000 by 2030.
Mrs Roberts was pleased with the Connect Wanneroo campaign run in the lead up to the State Election, which sought funding for the project and rail to Yanchep and garnered $8 billion of commitments, but maintained the Romeo Road extension was still needed.
“We need to deliver this for the sake of our community,” she said.
State Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said earlier this month she agreed with the importance of the project but Federal funding was vital.
“We’re very keen to engage with the Federal Government…we don’t get our fair share of GST so we really need to get more funding for infrastructure,” she said.
“It’s an issue that we will raise continually over the next 12-18 months and that project will be on the list of requests to the Federal Government as part of negotiations.”
“We’ve already sent some initial advice to Infrastructure Australia about this project and we want to continue to lobby for it.”
Butler MLA John Quigley said it was “beyond the economic reach” of the State Government but it had committed funding for the rail to Yanchep and $23 million towards the widening of Marmion Avenue between Camborne Parkway in Butler to Yanchep Beach Road in Yanchep.
“If we had our GST money we’d have the freeway through so the further freeway extension is all critical on Prime Minister Turnbull opening up the GST wallet,” he said.