Proposed EastlinkWA, Perth to Northam - What does it mean for Shire of Mundaring?
With commitment from the State Government for funding of $10 million, matching that of the Federal Government, Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA) has commenced planning and project development for the proposed EastLink Project (project). The project has been subject to numerous stages of planning and approval processes for approximately the last 40 years.
Historically, the project has also been known as the ‘Orange Route’ and going forward, it would be known as the Perth Adelaide National Highway.
The component of the project that is of particular interest to Shire of Mundaring and neighbouring residents, is the section of the Perth-Adelaide National Highway that would run from Roe Highway/Toodyay Road to east of the Gidgegannup Townsite. Here there the alignment deviates from Toodyay Road until eventual intersection with the Great Eastern Highway, west of Northam. This proposed alignment is conceptually demonstrated in the map above.
Shire of Mundaring support
Shire of Mundaring has provided a practicable and sustained level of support for the project over many years. This support has included targeted advocacy and lobbying activities, in conjunction with neighbouring involved Local Governments; City of Swan and Shire of Northam.
As an example of this support, the project is identified as a current priority within the Shire’s Lobbying and Advocacy Strategy 2020 - 2021. In addition to this, project support is detailed within the recently released, Shire of Mundaring June 2021 Prospectus – Sustainable Growth through Investment (see key documents).
Benefits for Shire of Mundaring
In providing a high level of support for the project, Shire of Mundaring recognises that delivery of key strategic initiatives such as, Revitalisation of the Mundaring Town Centre, including creation of a new Multi-purpose Community Facility would be able to be implemented to maximum potential.
Further benefits include reduced heavy vehicle traffic through the Mundaring Town Centre, and an increased level of safety and reduced adverse impacts to amenity (social, visual, noise). Other identifiable benefits include:
Existing planning and environment approvals
From a planning perspective, there is an existing corridor reserve for the project under the Perth Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS). The MRS defines the future use of land and provides the legal basis for planning in the Perth metropolitan region, dividing it into broad zones and reservations.
With regard to environmental approval, there is an existing Ministerial Statement (No.370) which was published in October 1994 however, the Shire has been advised that MRWA are seeking current approvals, through referral of the project to the State Environmental Protection Authority and Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as required.
MRWA will be completing a wide range of environmental, engineering and geotechnical investigation over the next three years. With regard to community consultation, MRWA has committed to extensively engaging with stakeholders and the wider community to ensure information regarding the planning, development and approval stages of the project are effectively communicated.
See - Key Documents (top right of homepage) for additional information regarding this project
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