Abernethy Rd upgrade welcomed

Abernethy Rd upgrade welcomed

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Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale chief executive Richard Gorbunow and shire president John Erren inspect plans for the duplication of Abernethy Road. Photograph — Matt Devlin.
Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale chief executive Richard Gorbunow and shire president John Erren inspect plans for the duplication of Abernethy Road. Photograph — Matt Devlin.

The Abernethy Road duplication received a boost last week when the federal government allocated $5.68 million to the project as part of stage two of the national stronger regions fund.

The project, expected to cost more than $19 million, will be completed in two stages beginning at the eastern end of the road towards Byford town centre.

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale chief executive Richard Gorbunow said stage one was expected to cost about $4 million and the federal funding would allow the shire to undertake a significantly larger portion of the project beyond the first stage.

Tenders will be called for early next year with stage one expected to begin in March.
Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said upgrading Abernethy Road would improve access to the town site, opening up growth opportunities for businesses.

The national stronger regions fund is providing $1 billion over five years to promote economic growth and address disadvantage in Australia’s regions.