NEW Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke spoke out about heavy haulage trucks travelling through Pinjarra town centre when she accompanied Premier Mark McGowan on his first visit to the town today since March’s State Election.
The two had morning tea with local community groups to extol the local benefits of the State Budget.
Mrs Clarke said heavy traffic was not good for local business nor safe for pedestrians and she found herself bailed up in the centre of the road on a weekly basis.
A Heavy Haulage Deviation around the town has been on the cards since the 1990s.
A referendum to determine community support will be held as part of the local government elections next month.
The result will determine whether the Shire of Murray lobbies the Stater Government to fund and build the deviation.
Mr McGowan said there would be a 20 per cent increase in regional road funding.
He said the State Government might also provide financial help with redevelopment of the town centre.
“Pinjarra has come of age and there are excellent tourism opportunities,’’ he said.
“Our commitment to the Peel Region is to ensure we develop and deliver projects that will create jobs and opportunities.
“Peel is a destination in its own right and a growing region that will benefit from tourism effort.”
As a former business owner, Mrs Clarke said many people in her electorate shared concerns about unemployment, lack of infrastructure including mobile ands internet services as well as limited health care options.
She said she was heartened the State Government was getting on with its Plan for Jobs to give Pinjarra and similar areas more opportunities and the jobs boost needed.