The State Government today released the Local Government Advisory Board report, which provides the framework for the most significant reform of metropolitan local government in 100 years.
Of the report's boundary recommendations for metropolitan Perth, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson has accepted all but two, those for the City of Perth/City of Vincent and the proposed City of Riversea, which includes five western suburbs councils.
The Minister has rejected the Board’s recommendation for the City of Perth, on the basis that key icons such as The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEII), were not included. As a result of the flow-on effects from City of Perth changes, he has also rejected the recommendation for the proposed City of Riversea, which includes five western suburbs councils.
The Australian and Western Australian Governments are getting on with delivering better infrastructure for less with the Kwinana Freeway Southbound Widening Project set to have extra lanes added to cater for future traffic growth.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced that the additional works will involve the construction of four lanes from Roe Highway to Armadale Road.
“These works will address the congestion and queuing problems that currently occur on both the Roe Highway and the Kwinana Freeway during peak periods and ease congestion on local distributor roads,” Mr Briggs said.
“More than 52,000 vehicles use this section of the Kwinana Freeway each day already exceeding its capacity and this figure expected to rise to 75,000 vehicles by 2021.