Upgrade for major Forrestfield intersection

Road safety in Forrestfield has received a major boost today as Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt AM MP announced a re-elected Turnbull Government will invest up to $650,000 to upgrade the Hale Road/Woolworths Drive intersection.

Mr Wyatt said the notorious intersection has been a priority project of his since 2014.

“After a number of constituents contacted me about the intersection, I started meeting with the parties involved to look at suggested solutions to the issue.

“As this intersection is also privately owned, successful lobbying for funding has required collaboration and communications between the owner and state and local governments,” Mr Wyatt said.

A Fight for a Safer Intersection campaign in 2014 resulted in more than 400 residents signing a petition agreeing that the intersection requires upgrading – a clear indication of how important this is to the community.

The WA Government will commit one third of the funding for this project thanks to the work of Member for Forrestfield, Nathan Morton MLA.

“I must thank Nathan for helping achieve this fantastic outcome.

“This investment will help make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“By building better roads we can improve people’s lives through less congestion, but we can also save people’s lives by reducing the risk of death and serious injury.

“Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy and I am delighted to see these upgrades approved,” Mr Wyatt said.

The Turnbull Government has invested $6.4 billion in WA as part of an unprecedented transport Infrastructure Investment Programme.

This includes $490 million towards Forrestfield Airport Link, $1.1 billion for Perth Freight Link, $18 million for Nicholson Road grade separation and more than $530 million for local roads through the Roads to Recovery programme.

Mr Wyatt said building 21st century infrastructure is part of the Coalition’s carefully structured plan to drive jobs and growth and a secure future for Australian families.

“Locally, I am fighting hard to secure further investment in infrastructure including better mobile coverage in several mobile spot areas such as Bickley, Chidlow, Parkerville and Gidgegannup and new CCTV cameras in Midland, Beckenham and Kalamunda for safer communities.