South Perth MLA John McGrath has used the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Narrows Bridge to call on the State Government to provide better access to the Kwinana Freeway for motorists using Manning Road.
He wants the Barnett Government to put the Manning Road project into the next State Budget.
“I have raised this matter so many times in Parliament – both in opposition and Government – that I am running out of words,” he said.
“The former Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Alannah McTiernan, kept telling me it wasn’t a priority. I can’t accept that.
“Manning Road has become a very busy road, especially with the growth of Curtin University. There should be direct access from the Freeway for motorists travelling in both directions.
“In a couple of years we will be opening the new Fiona Stanley Hospital, which will mean that a lot more people will be travelling to the southern suburbs”.
Mr McGrath said the Narrows Bridge was a classic example of a Government investing in the future.
“Fifty years ago the government invested more than $7 million to construct the Narrows Bridge and complete the earthworks and road network on the north side of the Swan River,” he said.
“Back then it was a lot of money but It was an investment for the future that has served West Australians well.
“The Manning Road project, while on a much smaller scale, would also be an investment for the future”
Mr McGrath said he had written to the Premier, the Treasurer and the Minister for Transport in an attempt to have the Manning road project prioritised.
He is also working with the Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons, in an attempt to secure Commonwealth Government funding.