Put pressure on Nalder

Put pressure on Nalder

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Armadale chief executive Ray Tame, Member for Canning Don Randall and assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs discussing the $1.5 million of black spot projects announced for the City of Armadale. Photograph — Matt Devlin.
Armadale chief executive Ray Tame, Member for Canning Don Randall and assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs discussing the $1.5 million of black spot projects announced for the City of Armadale. Photograph — Matt Devlin.

Federal funding for the Denny Avenue grade separation will never happen unless the state government approaches it with a plan first says federal assistant minister for infrastructure and regional development Jamie Briggs.

Last week Mr Briggs said a project like the Denny Avenue grade separation was usually state government responsibility but from time to time the federal government did offer support.

“The way it works is the state government has to approach us,” he said.

“We don’t just go to the state government and say we’re going to upgrade this road for you.

“The first step is really getting (State Transport Minister) Dean Nalder to acknowledge that they need to fix it and they fix it with the council.

“But if there is a particular reason where local members like Don (Randall) bring it to our attention then we from time to time find room in our program. Dean needs to come to us and say ‘look here’s the problem, we can fund most of it but we’re looking for a bit of assistance on the way’.”

Member for Canning Don Randall encouraged the state government to put the project on its forward estimates.

Less than 200 metres long, all three intersections on Denny Avenue appeared in the city’s worst intersections list and it had one of the worst level crossings for accidents in Perth.

A road underpass at Davis Road and closure of the level crossing has been identified as a solution to traffic woes on the road since 2001.