State Budget: Butler MLA John Quigley calls for more transport and road safety funding

State Budget: Butler MLA John Quigley calls for more transport and road safety funding

BUTLER MLA John Quigley called for more transport and road safety funding in his electorate when debating the 2016-17 State Budget in State Parliament recently.

“Out of the $29.5 billion spent by this state in the budget, the people of Butler get $1.5 million to buy a block of land in Butler and $200 000 for a shark-proof enclosure at Quinns Beach,” Mr Quigley said.

Announcing the Budget on May 12, Treasurer Mike Nahan said Perth’s fast-growing North Metropolitan region would receive more than $757 million.

“It is important to build the schools, roads and hospitals needed to cater for the growing number of people in the North Metropolitan region, which includes some of our fastest-growing areas,” he said.

He highlighted funding for projects already underway including $95 million for Mitchell Freeway works between Burns Beach Road and Hester Avenue and $14.6 million for the Edgewater Station multi-storey car park.

A statement from the treasurer also highlighted $8.6 million to expand the Arena in Joondalup.

Referring to electorate boundary changes that come into effect at the March 2017 election, Mr Quigley said the freeway project would not be in his electorate.

“The Government is extending the freeway to the end of the Liberal seat of Ocean Reef. It will terminate at Hester Avenue. The freeway will not enter the electorate of Butler,” he said.

He said Marmion Avenue had a single lane each way through most of his electorate.

“The Deputy Premier; Minister for Road Safety, talks about how much money the Government is pouring in to making roads safe and that it will be in the regions,” he said.

“Driving to Yanchep is like driving to the regions. There is one lane either way and it is dangerous.

“There are no funds in this budget for the dualling of Marmion Avenue as a grant to the City of Wanneroo.

“Further north, from Yanchep, it is 90km/h up to Two Rocks (on Two Rocks Road).

It is one lane each way with very hilly terrain and of course, on the (March long) weekend when we had 11 deaths, three of them were on the Two Rocks Road.”