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State and Federal funding essential to connect Wanneroo residents and business

Published Monday, 16th May 2016

Latest figures from the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) have highlighted the importance of the City of Wanneroo’s efforts to secure a better life for its residents.

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Mayor Tracey Roberts said more support from State and Federal government was urgently needed to assist local residents and businesses.

“Figures released by AFSA for the March quarter showed that 25 City residents were declared insolvent for business reasons and 82 residents for non-business reasons, but it’s important to look at the statistics in context,” Mayor Roberts said.

“The City of Wanneroo is home to 195,000 residents and more than 11,600 local businesses, so these insolvencies represent a very small percentage – less than one per cent.

“Nevertheless, it is a well-known fact that residents and small business operators in Perth’s northern suburbs lack vital transport and infrastructure connections which in turn has a negative knock-on effect on the economy and community.

“It is for this reason that the City has joined forces with other high growth councils across Australia, through the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), for the Fund Our Future campaign.”

Mayor Roberts said that NGAA analysis confirmed greater government commitment to infrastructure is urgently needed in Australia’s outer suburbs for them to grow and prosper.

“Many residents in our northern suburbs are spending up to four hours a day travelling to and from work, which equates to around 40 days of commuting time each year,” she said.

“This is the reason why the City has spent the last year lobbying the State and Federal governments to commit to an urgent freeway extension to Romeo Road and rail to Yanchep, two desperately needed transport connections.

“Through Fund Our Future and our local spin-off campaign, Wanneroo Connect, the City is ensuring that the voices of our residents and local business owners are being heard by the government.”

People can join the City's campaign by visiting fundourfuture.info

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