City of Swan welcomes funding for local infrastructure

Published on 16 May 2018

The City of Swan has welcomed funding announcements made by the State and Federal Governments, totalling more than $350 million for local infrastructure.

Residents and local businesses will benefit from a number of key road and rail projects now funded.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the commitments made by the McGowan and Turnbull governments are a sound investment for the future.

“It is estimated that an additional 80,000 people will move to the City of Swan by 2036. It’s essential that we plan and provide the right infrastructure and services to accommodate for our rapidly growing community,” he said.

“The City is committed to meeting community needs and expectations, and these funding commitments are a key factor in helping us move forward.”

The Federal Government has committed more than $1 billion toward the Morley-Ellenbrook train line and relocation of Midland Train Station and an extension to Bellevue.

Further, more than $200 million is committed for the construction of road upgrades along both Roe Highway and Reid Highway – two of the City’s key road networks.

City of Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey said the City and Council put a lot of time and energy into securing funding commitments for the City’s key advocacy priorities.

“These include new roads, facilities, services and other forms of infrastructure for the community,” he said.

“The announcements made last week demonstrate that some of the City’s biggest priorities are being recognised.

“We will continue to proactively seek support at a state and federal level in the years to come.”

Details of funding are as follows:

Morley-Ellenbrook Line: More than $50 million is allocated to continue planning work on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, in addition to the $1 billion commitment made in April.

Midland Train Station relocation: The extension of Midland Train Station to Bellevue, supported by an $83 million commitment, will help revitalise Midland’s town centre.

Interchange at Roe Highway and Great Eastern Highway Bypass: The Federal Government has committed $144 million to see this highly congested intersection upgraded.

Reid Highway duplication from Altone Road to West Swan Road: $70 million has been committed for the duplication of Reid Highway between Altone Road and West Swan Road.

Orange Route: The Federal Government dedicated $10 million to develop a business case for the long awaited Orange Route project. The Perth to Adelaide National Highway will eventually redirect heavy haulage traffic away from Great Eastern Highway, and include the construction of a dual carriageway to replace the existing Toodyay Road from Midland through to Gidgegannup.