Federal Budget secures Murdoch Centre’s Future

The City of Melville has welcomed the Federal Governments budget announcement which will ensure a southern access to and from the Murdoch Activity Centre (MAC), solving serious traffic congestion problems and supporting the MAC’s potential to become WA’s largest area of employment outside of the Perth CBD.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said the budget commitment represented a significant step forward for the City of Melville, the South West Metropolitan Region and the State of Western Australia.

“The 7 May Federal Budget announcement achieves outstanding benefits for our community, benefits which the City of Melville has advocated for over many years,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“With a $100m budget allocation, a southern access to and from the Murdoch Activity Centre via an extension of Roe Highway will remove the imminent threat of gridlock by 2020 and reduce congestion around the Kwinana and South Street intersections.

 “As well as facilitating access to 100,000 visitors per day to the Murdoch precinct, southern access and egress will also help value capture the $3b development associated with the Murdoch University Master Plan, supporting the precinct to reach its potential for 35,000 jobs, 44,000 students and in excess of 12,500 new residents. 

“The funding of the off ramp from Manning Road onto Kwinana Freeway is also a major congestion buster in freeing up traffic flows on Canning Highway, an added benefit for the community.

“The progression of Roe Highway under a State Labor Government is a tribute to the conciliatory approach adopted by our parliamentary representatives and provides a reason to celebrate for those of us that value road safety and the growth and development of the WA economy. The south west metro region has the highest level of housing and employment growth in the state and is after all the Economic Gateway to WA.”