The Western Australian State Government is forming a community working group whose role is to identify options to assist in the development of a transport solution to congestion problems in Perthâ€™s northern suburbs. Â The good news is that even if you cannot nominate for theÂ Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group you can still provide feedback. Â Please see the end of this post for details on nominating and/or providing feedback. Â If we want change, if we wantÂ positiveÂ change we need to participate in the process so please consider.
The Minister for Transport, Troy Buswell has appointed Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob chairman of the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group and Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles as deputy chairman.
Mr Buswell hasÂ indicatedÂ that he anticipates that the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working GroupÂ would examine the extension of the Mitchell Freeway north of Burns Beach Road, in accordance with several planning studies already undertaken.
â€œThe northern corridor region continues to undergo immense growth and is experiencing associated issues with travel times, road incidents and difficulty in accessing schools, shops and tertiary institutions as well as other areas of commercial and social interest,â€ he said. â€œThe Government recognises we need to determine ideas that will be realistic for both a short-term and long-term road transport solution, and itâ€™s important local residents and other stakeholders are engaged in this process. â€œIâ€™ve asked the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group to produce a strategic preliminary business case by the end of 2012 with recommendations for road transport solutions.
It is disappointing however that once again we have a Minister of Transport who seems to see the solution as more roads and more cars. Â We have congestion issues Minister Buswell because we have more cars … adding more more infrastructure to attract more cars is going to, you guessed it, create more congestion. Â Time to think wider and smarter in my view.
Mr Troy Buswell is calling on residents of the northern metropolitan corridor to nominate to be part of the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group, to represent the views of the community on key transport issues. One would hope that the Minister is taking a smarter view and considering the nominations of members of the community with expertise in alternate transport options and people who can provide a perspective not narrowly defined by the car.
The working group will include the mayor and chief executive officer from both the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo. Nominations are open for members of the community to be part of the group.
If you are a member of the northern suburbs community, can commit to meeting on Monday evenings, be able to represent a particular interest area or local group? e.g. commercial, environmental, social (and dare I suggest it alternate transport options such as cycling), be concerned about the transport issues in the northern metropolitan corridor and be a proactive community advocate then please consider nominating for the community group.
Nominations for the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working GroupÂ close April 20, 2012 and more details can be found on the Main Roads website.
Still a Chance to Input into Mr Buswell’sÂ Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group even if you cannot nominate
As part of this consultation process, Main Roads is collecting information from the general community concerns about road transport issues in the northern metropolitan corridor, particularly if you are unable to nominate to be a part of the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group. Â Main Roads is welcoming feedback from the community, and ask that if you wish to provide feedback to refer to the Community Working Groupâ€™s (CWG) Terms of Reference as the context for the feedback.Â This information will then be recorded and discussed at the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group meetings. Â You can provide your feedback via this website link.