Council hits coast

Addressing about 30 people at the May 26 council meeting at Gumblossom Community Centre in Quinns Rocks, Mrs Roberts outlined projects in the area, including emergency works at Fred Stubbs Park and Quinns Beach.

�The sandbag revetment and limestone wall were extreme but necessary measures to save the foreshore and Fred Stubbs Park,� she said.

Mrs Roberts said the council had recently endorsed the Butler district open space master plan, which would go out for public comment from July 13 to August 7. She said the council had also sought public comment on the proposed Quinns Mindarie community centre, which would involve building a second storey on the existing surf life saving facility next financial year.

Though welcoming the early start of the Mitchell Freeway extension to Hester Avenue, the mayor said rail and freeway infrastructure needed to meet the demands of population growth.

�An important factor influencing our employment and growth is having appropriate transport infrastructure to support it,� Mrs Roberts said.

�We have been strong advocates of projects including the northern suburbs railway and Mitchell Freeway extension.

�We do have concerns the potential increase in traffic and associated issues (from the freeway extension) would negatively impact the communities of Merriwa and surrounding suburbs.

�We strongly believe there is a significant need to extend the project another 5.5km to Romeo Road. Extending the freeway to Romeo Road would prompt early construction of the Wanneroo Road to Marmion Avenue east-west link, providing access to Butler train station and amenities for residents in Carabooda and surrounding suburbs.�