Perth Transport Plan: Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts says it can’t come soon enough

Northern residents suffer due to freeway congestion.
Northern residents suffer due to freeway congestion.

WANNEROO Mayor Tracey Roberts says Perth’s latest transport plan recognises the City’s role in the state economy, and residents cannot wait for transport infrastructure to address congestion.

Mrs Roberts said while the Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 Million and Beyond recognised the needs of residents, it lacked timeframes to deliver transport infrastructure.

“The plan highlights the significant role the City of Wanneroo plays in the Western Australian economy,” she said.

“As WA’s largest growing local government it is absolutely right that the City of Wanneroo should feature highly in the state’s new transport plan.

“Residents in the northern corridor already suffer through congestion because of the inefficiency of the current transport system.

“We can’t keep waiting – we already need rail to Yanchep and the Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road.

“The longer we wait the worse the congestion gets and the more it impacts on our community’s lifestyle so people have less time to spend with their families and friends.

“This critical infrastructure will also help unlock the employment potential in our region and enable us to meet the state government’s employment self-sufficiency target of 60 per cent or 50,000 jobs by 2031.

“The Neerabup Strategic Link will accelerate the development of Neerabup, which is projected to employ more than 20,000 people.

“Our current population of 195,000 is expected to reach 550,000 by 2070 so it is imperative that solid plans for investment be put in place now.”

Announcing the plan last month, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth’s liveability status.

“Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will also play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive,” he said.

“While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like.”

The public comment period closes on October 28. Visit www.transport.wa.gov.au.