State Budget 2017: Government confirms $60 million for Stephenson Avenue extension through Innaloo

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

THE State Government will chip in $60 million to help fund an extension of Stephenson Avenue in Innaloo to the Mitchell Freeway.

The funding was a key election commitment, and will go towards creating a 1km link between the growing Stirling city centre precinct and the Mitchell Freeway.

At present Stephenson Avenue stops at Scarborough Beach Road, meaning motorists need to drive through smaller roads to reach the Freeway, creating traffic congestion.

At least 30,000 people are employed within the Stirling city centre, Osborne Park and the neighbouring Herdsman-Glendalough area, making it one of the biggest business precincts outside the Perth central business district.

The Stephenson Avenue extension will connect key activity hubs in the area, including Westfield Innaloo shopping centre, the Osborne Park industrial area and Stirling city centre.

The $60 million contribution is over four years subject to the City of Stirling delivering the project with Federal Government funding support.

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

“The Stephenson Avenue extension will alleviate congestion, taking pressure off Scarborough Beach Road, Cedric Street and Ellen Stirling Boulevard.

“It will also open up further opportunities for employment and business expansion in the Stirling area, which is a major strategic centre for the State.”

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au