- $60 million to extend Stephenson Avenue in State Budget
- Key road link for one of the biggest employment centres outside Perth CBD
- Project will alleviate congestion and create hundreds of local jobs
A contribution of $60 million to extend Stephenson Avenue to Mitchell Freeway has been included in the McGowan Labor Government's 2017-18 State Budget.
The funding was a key election commitment, and will go towards creating a strategic one-kilometre link between the growing Stirling city centre precinct and the Mitchell Freeway.
At least 30,000 people are employed within the Stirling city centre, Osborne Park and the neighbouring Herdsman-Glendalough area, making it one of the biggest business precincts outside the Perth central business district.
Currently Stephenson Avenue stops at Scarborough Beach Road, meaning motorists need to drive through smaller roads to reach the Freeway, creating traffic congestion.
The Stephenson Avenue extension will connect key activity hubs in the area, including Westfield Innaloo shopping centre, the Osborne Park industrial area and Stirling city centre.
The $60 million contribution is over four years subject to the City of Stirling delivering the project with Federal Government funding support.
For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The State Government and City of Stirling have shown a commitment to this project, we just need the Commonwealth to confirm its support.
"The Stephenson Avenue extension will alleviate congestion, taking pressure off Scarborough Beach Road, Cedric Street and Ellen Stirling Boulevard.
"It will also open up further opportunities for employment and business expansion in the Stirling area, which is a major strategic centre for the State."
Minister's office - 6552 5500