Disappointment at duplication delay

Recently, Transport Minister Dean Nalder confirmed the double lane upgrade of the road was being held up while the Government waited for approval processes to excise state forest to do the works.

It is likely that the project will commence a month after the scheduled mid-year date.

West Swan MP Rita Saffioti again called on the Barnett Government to stop the delays and do the required work to allow the City of Swan to start upgrading Gnangara Road as a matter of priority.

The matter was also raised in Parliament on May 20.

‘Enough is enough! The full duplication of Gnangara Road needs to start now,’ Ms Saffioti said.

‘Gnangara Road is one of, if not the most dangerous road in the entire Perth Metropolitan Region. It is sub-standard and is unsafe.’

To progress the construction work, the Government needs to excise state forest land, which requires parliamentary approval.

The Government is still waiting on the application submitted by City of Swan to pass through the Department of Parks and Wildlife approvals process.

Last week, local residents took to social media to air their frustrations at the delay.

‘It really is a joke isn’t it?,’ one resident said.

‘Glad they are content to risk more lives with their red tape ” I might decide to pay my rates at the pace they have moved to make the road safe.’

A spokeswoman for Mr Nalder said Main Roads and the minister had no input to the process of applying for state forest excision.

She said parliamentary approval was a matter for the whip.

‘This is a City of Swan managed and delivered project. The State forest excision process is between Council (as project proponent) and the Department of Parks and Wildlife,’ she said.