Western Australian Local Government Association released Local Road Crash Report

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MOST traffic accidents within the cities of Rockingham and Kwinana occur on local government-controlled roads, according to a WA Local Government Association (WALGA) report.

The Local Road Crash Report analysed the number of crashes on Perth roads from 2003-2012, identifying whether they occurred on State or locally-controlled roads.

Within the City of Rockingham during that period there were 12,176 crashes, while in the City of Kwinana there were 4402.

Nearly 80 per cent of crashes in Rockingham occurred at local government-controlled roads, while almost half of the crashes in Kwinana were at local government-controlled roads.

In Kwinana, 18 per cent of crashes occurred at intersections controlled jointly by the local and State governments.

The WALGA report, the result of a survey of Main Roads statistics, was designed to give councils information to plan and lobby for increased State Government funding for local roads for which they are responsible.

WALGA president Troy Pickard said the report highlighted an ‘extreme and frankly dangerous discrepancy that exists between State and local road funding’.

‘In the current State Budget, $988 million has been allocated for State roads, compared with just $176 million for local roads,’ he said.

‘This is despite the fact that local governments are responsible for 88 per cent of the road network.

‘This is not merely a funding issue, more importantly it is about human lives. Local governments are facing a backlog of at least $100 million a year for routine maintenance alone on local roads.’

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the City had only recently received the information from the report.

‘It would be beneficial if more State and Federal Government grant funding was available as it would ease the pressure on the City’s own resources, which could be allocated to other projects,’ she said.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the report might help in ‘identifying some locations which would benefit from such funding’.