Cities lay out wishlists

A train station for Bertram is among a long list of items on the City of Kwinana’s wishlist.         d436452
A train station for Bertram is among a long list of items on the City of Kwinana’s wishlist.        d436452

The cities of Kwinana and Rockingham told the Courier their hopes for the Federal and State budgets, which are both due to be released in the second week of May.

The Federal Budget will be released first this year on Tuesday, May 12, with WA opting to defer until Thursday, May 14.

The Western Trade Coast topped the wishlist for Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams, who wants funding for a planning framework.

The city is keen for NBN to appear in the business areas and established suburbs.

It also wants a commitment by the State Government to develop the outer harbour.

Cr Adams called for commitments and designs on a rail link to Latitude 32 industrial area and an intermodal freight handling facility.

The City would like plans for a controlled access highway between Fremantle and Rockingham, and Anketell and Rowley roads extended and upgraded into high, wide freight routes.

Among the more ambitious items is a train station on the corner of Challenger Avenue and Bertram Road.

Meanwhile, in the City of Rockingham, Mayor Barry Sammels wants the release of land in Karnup fast-tracked for the Baldivis Major Sports Complex.

It wants state funding for the Mangle Bay Marina, should all necessary approvals be achieved first, to push more into the first construction stage of the project.

A train station at Karnup was also called for.

On a federal level, the City of Rockingham wants money to help redevelop the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Masterplan area.

�The City is currently conducting an economic benefit study to determine how to ensure maximum value from its application,� Cr Sammels said.

�National Stronger Regions Funding will likely be allocated towards the end of the year.�