The Liberal-led State Government has committed to building the Perth Freight Link, which will not only remove trucks off Leach Highway but will complete Perth's important ring road and transform Perth's freight network.
The announcement confirms that the Liberal-led State Government was meeting its commitments to the people of Western Australia. Furthermore, for me it fulfills a major personal pledge to the people of Riverton, that a Liberal Government would build Roe 8.
The extension of Roe Highway has been one of the defining issues for the electorate of Riverton and I have long campaigned for this vital piece of infrastructure, providing a much needed heavy haulage link between the Port of Fremantle and the Kewdale land transhipment hub.
The $1.575 billion Perth Freight Link will alleviate pressure off major transport routes should be welcomed by all residents living south of the river. This project will represent one of the largest infrastructure projects in Western Australia's history, and most notably, will complete Perth's important ring road.
Once complete, the link will be pivotal in servicing Perth's brand new flagship public hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital, which is progressively opening over a number of stages.
The Perth Freight Link will involve the extension of Roe Highway from the Kwinana Freeway to Stock Road, as well as improvements to Stock Road and High Street in Fremantle. There will be a number of grade separation interchanges built to prevent the need for vehicle stoppages.
It is estimated travel times between Reid Highway and the Port will be reduced by about 16minutes, and other efficiency gains can also be expected, which will provide important financial benefits. Importantly for the people of Riverton, trucks will be forced to use the Perth Freight Link instead of Leach Highway, unless they are making a local delivery, which will reduce noise and ease congestion.
The Riverton Rossmoyne Shelley Residents Association has been one of a number of community groups that has long advocated for the extension of Roe Highway, and I trust that they will be pleased by the announcement.
All works on the Perth Freight Link should be completed by mid-2019, with some of the infrastructure due to open by mid-2017 - including the first leg of the Roe Highway extension.
A Heavy Vehicle User Charge - a per kilometre charge on heavy vehicles only for the freight route between Muchea and Fremantle - is planned to start once the road is finished and eventually recoup part of the cost of the project to the State
Seniors Week 2014
WA Seniors Week 2014 will be celebrated between 9-16 November to recognise the important contribution that seniors make to our local community and to thank outstanding seniors who volunteer their time and expect little in return.
To celebrate WA Seniors Week 2014, the Willetton Bowling Club and I are hosting a local Seniors Day event on Friday 14th November, beginning at 10am. Riverton residents are invited to join the celebration at the Willetton Bowling Club, where you can participate in a free lawn bowls tutorial, practice your new-found skills in a game, to be followed by a BBQ lunch.
If you have ever thought of playing lawn bowls while meeting new friends, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. To register your interest for this free event, please contact my electorate office on 9457 1282.
During WA Seniors Week 2014 there are a number of events planned across the state, including a Have a Go Day at Burswood Park on Wednesday 12th November. The day provides a free action packed day encouraging seniors to try a range of sporting and recreational activities. For more information on Seniors Week 2014, visit www.communities.wa.gov.au.
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Congratulations to Riverton's 2014 graduates
School year comes to an end
2014 has had a unique end to the school year, with both year 6 and 7 students leaving primary school to continue their education at secondary school.
Next year will be the first year that Year 7s attend secondary school, bringing Western Australia in line with the majority of other Australian States and Territories and coincides with the introduction of the Australian Curriculum.
The change has meant that primary schools have each had to organise two assemblies, with a number of schools opting to have separate graduation ceremonies. It has meant a busy period as the local member, but I thoroughly enjoy this time of the year as it gives me the opportunity to visit the local schools, meet with parents, and congratulate the students.
I would like to wish all graduating Riverton students the best as they continue their educational journey, and trust that they will forever remember their experiences at their respective primary schools. It is always great to see the attachment that the students have to their schools and teachers, and I trust that they will create a similar strong bond with their new schools next year.
New classrooms open at Rossmoyne SHS
I recently attended Rossmoyne Senior High School with the Hon Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Education, for the official opening of the State-of-the-art Year 7 classrooms.
The new $10.9 million facilities will help Rossmoyne Senior High School cope with the transition of year 7 students to secondary school, providing Rossmoyne with a record number of students for the 2015 school year.
It is amazing to view these new facilities, which will ensure that students have the best environment possible as they begin their secondary education at Rossmoyne Senior High School. Rossmoyne has an outstanding academic reputation, and parents can be confident that their children will receive the finest education possible in these excellent facilities.
The new classrooms highlight the State Government's commitment to Rossmoyne Senior High School, having invested $30.1million to build new infrastructure since 2007.
2015 will be the first year that Year 7s attend secondary school, bringing Western Australia in line with the majority of other Australian States and Territories and coincides with the introduction of the Australian Curriculum.
The new two-storey classroom block features 13 general classrooms, an inclusive education classroom, incidental learning area, planning room and resource store, staff study areas, and staff and student toilets.
Dr Nahan said that he was pleased that a new access road has been built on the school's northern perimeter to cater for the year 7s. The new access road will alleviate pressure off Keith Road, which until now has been the school's sole access road.
A drop-off and pick-up area will be included with the new access road, helping ensure that students enjoy a speedier arrival and departure, and reducing the potential danger on Keith Road. There has been plenty of hard work carried out by the staff at Rossmoyne Senior High School and the local primary schools to ensure a smooth transition for year 7 students. I would like to thank all of those involved and trust that the year 7s will enjoy their time at Rossmoyne.
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Electorate Office Hours for Christmas/New Year
Mike's electorate office will close on the afternoon of Friday 19 December 2014 and reopen on Monday 5 January 2015.
Enjoy discounts and benefits with WA Seniors Card!
I am pleased to announce that the new 2014-2016 WA Seniors Card Discount Directory is now available from my Riverton Electorate office.
The directory contains a comprehensive range of discounted services and products for Seniors Card holders, from over 500 businesses across Western Australia. It also provides details of State Government rebates and concessions, which form part of the most generous Seniors Card scheme in Australia.
I am proud to offer Riverton Seniors the opportunity to access up to $1,000 worth of State Government concessions and business discounts throughout the state and I encourage WA Seniors Card holders to pick up their copy of the new directory to start saving!
If you are over 60 years old and have yet to apply for a WA Seniors Card, or should you require further information, please feel free to contact my office on 9457 1282 for assistance.
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