Cities take case for funding to Canberra


The Tri-Cities delegates in Canberra.
The Tri-Cities delegates in Canberra.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Tri-Cities Alliance spoke to politicians about the need for government funding to support infrastructure and job creation.

“The Tri-Cities region accounts for 23 per cent of Perth’s population and is forecast to experience significant growth in the near future, which requires sound planning and continued progress,” she said.

“The joint Tri-Cities presentation provided politicians from all sides of government the opportunity to learn about the priorities of the growth coast, which is experiencing rapid population increases and in turn pressures on transport links and infrastructure.

“We must capitalise on the economic potential by providing the necessary amenities and transport links and continue to be innovative and strategic in our planning for the future.

“The Tri-Cities event identified a key project for each City – the Scarborough Beach redevelopment, a performing arts centre for Joondalup and the City of Wanneroo’s Neerabup strategic link.”

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City was actively engaging both Federal Government and Opposition members seeking major contributions for community infrastructure that would service the fast growing region.

“Facilities such as performing arts and cultural centres foster community pride and identity, and enhance the wellbeing of residents,” he said.

“It’s estimated over 600 jobs will be created during construction, with over 70 jobs required on an ongoing basis.”

Moore MHR Ian Goodenough spoke about the visit in Federal Parliament last week, saying the group met ministers and MPs to lobby for funding to support local infrastructure, community facilities and economic development projects.

“Delegations of local governments to Canberra at a regional level are becoming an effective method of strategically positioning regions within a national context,” he said.

“This is relevant as the three cities combined represent an estimated population of 570,000 residents currently, growing to a projected population of 750,000 by 2031.”