Mayor says go the extra mile

It follows news Leighton Contractors won the contract to build a double lane extension from Burns Beach to Hester Avenue.

�The City welcomes the early commencement of the freeway extension, however there is a significant need to extend the project another 5.5km to Romeo Road,� she said.

�The potential increase in traffic and associated issues would negatively impact the communities of Merriwa and surrounding suburbs, particularly the Mindarie school precinct and RAAFA Cambrai retirement village.

�The City of Wanneroo is growing by 8000 residents every year, this long-awaited freeway extension to Romeo Road is needed to take pressure off the already congested Wanneroo Road and Marmion Avenue.�

Mrs Roberts wrote to Premier Colin Barnett in March asking for the extension to Romeo Road and acknowledgement of the City�s growth.

�While we appreciate the investment, which will benefit residents to the north in the City of Wanneroo, there are other projects that will be impeded,� she said. �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.�

She reiterated a call to extend the rail line to Yanchep.

�Our coastal growth corridor, which comprises Alkimos, Eglinton, Yanchep and Two Rocks, is expected to welcome 73,000 additional people by 2036 and we need to start accommodating for that growth now,� she said.