Stirling electors’ meeting reveals Stephenson Avenue project on track

City of Stirling's council office.
City of Stirling's council office.

THE Stephenson Avenue extension project is on track to start next year.

In response to a question at City of Stirling’s electors’ meeting on Monday night (December 3), infrastructure director Michael Littleton said stage one of the project was in the design development phase and hoped this would be finished by March.

He later told the Stirling Times while the project had received State and Federal funding ($60 million and $65 million respectively), final cost estimates and delivery timeframes could not be confirmed until the design progressed further.

“Stage one of the project, Stephenson Avenue to Howe Street, will be ready for delivery next year as expected, assuming stakeholder and agency approvals are provided,” he said.

Main Roads is tasked with design and construction of the Stephenson Avenue freeway connection and Mr Littleton said construction could potentially start in 2021 and finish by early 2022.

Nearly 50 people attended the meeting, with parking and tree removal related to the Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment and the 3 Oceans towers development in Scarborough hot topics.

City officers mostly declined to comment regarding the latter, directing questioners to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority which approved the development and others within the Scarborough redevelopment area.

Scarborough resident Stuart McDonald queried whether the schools within the redevelopment area, Scarborough and Deanmore primary schools, would cope with the population growth caused by increased residential density.

Planning director Ross Povey said the City raised the issue in 2017 and had contact with the Education Department in March, which said both schools had the capacity to cater for the expected growth.

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin also revealed the City was lobbying Federal major parties for funding for its light rail project, which it hoped to run from Glendalough Station to Scarborough Beach.

He said he met with the Federal Transport Minister in Canberra last week seeking funds for the first stage, which would entail creating rapid transit lanes along Scarborough Beach Road.

The gallery voted to accept the annual report and other successful motions included appointing former councillor Terry Tyzack as a Freeman of the City, the chief executive must have council approval before paying for legal advice above $10,000, and for each electors’ motion to be considered by council.