Lobbying begins for Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation after overwhelming ‘yes’ vote in Shire of Murray referendum


Canning MRH Andrew Hastie, Murray Shire president David Bolt, Darling Range MLA Barry Urban, Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester and Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire president Michelle Rich discuss plans for the Tonkin Highway extension.
Canning MRH Andrew Hastie, Murray Shire president David Bolt, Darling Range MLA Barry Urban, Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester and Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire president Michelle Rich discuss plans for the Tonkin Highway extension.

LOBBYING for the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation has started.

Shire of Murray president David Bolt and chief executive Dean Unsworth have met with Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester and Canning MHR Andrew Hastie to discuss the results of the referendum as well as the council proposal and business case findings.

The deviation referendum had an 84 per cent ‘yes’ vote.

Darling Range MLA Barry Urban and Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire president Michelle Rich were also present to lobby for the Tonkin Highway extension that will eventually service the Shire of Murray and link in with the deviation.

Murray councillors supported the referendum result at a special meeting earlier this month as well as lobbying the State and Federal governments to fund the deviation and Munday Avenue extension.

The council stressed the importance of construction of the extension of Munday Avenue in light of the project’s potential to improve access to Pinjarra Industrial Area via Greenlands Road, away from the town centre and Pinjarra Road.

Technical and community groups will be established and a master plan will be developed through engagement with Pinjarra Lions Club to address the proposed loss of Lions Park.

Stage 1 would link South Western Highway to Pinjarra-Williams Road to create an inner deviation road.

Works would include a new road intersection between Pinjarra-Williams Road to South Western Highway-Greenlands roundabout and associated intersection upgrades.

The deviation would ultimately connect to Tonkin Highway, completing one of the major north-south transport spines of the greater Perth metropolitan area.

Cr Bolt said Stage 1 needed to proceed to ensure the inner deviation was in place before George Street reached capacity in five years time.

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