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No excuse not to extend

Published Friday, 8th May 2015

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts says State Government must commit to further extend planned Mitchell Freeway to Hester Avenue project after recent announcement of Australian Government funding.

Mitchell Freeway

Mayor Roberts said with the funding there was no excuse not to take the Mitchell Freeway extension all the way to Romeo Road or further.

“The Australian Government has allocated $209 million to the Mitchell Freeway extension from Burns Beach Road in Joondalup to Hester Avenue in Merriwa,” she said.

“With this much needed boost there is more than enough funding to take the extension all the way to Romeo Road.”

Mayor Roberts said road and rail transport infrastructure was vital to support employment opportunities in Northern Coastal Growth Corridor, expected to welcome 73,000 additional people by 2036 – 55 per cent of the total City's growth.

“An important factor in assisting employment in this region is having the transport infrastructure to help people get to and from work and this is why the State Government should make solid commitments to deliver the freeway as well as the Northern Suburbs Railway,” she said.

“The City is currently working towards a number of initiatives to increase the diversity of local jobs available for our growing population including the Yanchep Strategic Metropolitan Centre that will bring around 25,000 jobs to the area.”

The City of Wanneroo is expected to accommodate three-quarters of the population growth in the north-west region.

“The welcome announcement by the State Government of the freeway to take pressure off the already significantly congested Wanneroo Road and Marmion Avenue and is strongly supported by the community,” Mayor Roberts said.

Extending the freeway to Romeo Road would enable the 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.

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