Federal funding boost welcomed by the EMRC

Published: Friday, 8 March 2019 at 3:26:03 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of multi-million dollar support for Perth infrastructure projects has been warmly welcomed by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC).


Two major components of the Federal funding package, announced on Friday 8 March, align with key projects contained in Connect Perth’s East, the City Deal proposal promoted by stakeholder group Perth’s Extended Eastern Region (PEER), which is led by the EMRC.  The City Deal proposal sets out a vision embracing infrastructure improvements to enhance productivity and liveability, aimed at creating Western Australia’s most connected, productive and liveable region by 2032.


EMRC Chairman David McDonnell said: “The Prime Minister’s announcement represents a welcome commitment to boost key infrastructure in Perth’s eastern region, contributing to its dynamism and potential for future growth.”


The Government’s funding proposals include $13.25 million to upgrade a 3 kilometre stretch of Abernethy Road in Kewdale.  Identified as a bottleneck in the Connect Perth’s East proposal, Abernethy Road is a key freight route providing direct access to Kewdale, Forrestfield and Hazelmere industrial areas.  It currently serves 19,000 vehicles day – projected to rise to 28,000 by 2031 – of which a quarter are heavy freight vehicles.


Also included is a $20 million contribution to extend Lloyd Street in Hazelmere, creating a southern entry to Midland and providing direct links to Midland, the Hazelmere industrial area and Perth Airport.


In a statement, Mr Morrison said: “Removing pinch points and bottlenecks will make a real difference to the lives of people living in fast-growing suburbs.  This will help families and businesses get back valuable time.”


The City Deal proposal, launched in 2018, identifies a string of infrastructure projects aimed at enhancing the productivity and liveability of Perth’s extended eastern region.



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