State Budget 2017: City of Stirling welcomes $60m commitment to extend Stephenson Ave

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti flanked by Premier Mark McGowan.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti flanked by Premier Mark McGowan.

CITY of Stirling has commended the State Government’s contribution of $60 million to extend Stephenson Avenue to the Mitchell Freeway outlined in last week’s State Budget.

The City is currently lobbying for a $64 million Federal Government contribution to add to the State funding, and Westfield’s commitment of $10 million which will bring the project to $134 million.

The project aims to reduce congestion on Scarborough Beach Road and create a 1km link between the Stirling city centre precinct and Mitchell Freeway.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the extension would connect key activity hubs in the area, including Innaloo Shopping Centre, the Osborne Park industrial area and Stirling city centre.

“The State Government and City of Stirling have shown a commitment to this project, we just need the Commonwealth to confirm its support,” she said.

Stirling acting chief executive Michael Littleton said the project was vital infrastructure for the area.

“The City has met Federal politicians and advisors to progress a City Deal application for federal funding to also go towards this project,” he said.

The State Government funding contribution will be delivered over the next four years and is subject to the City of Stirling delivering the project with Federal Government funding support.

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