Main Roads says Lukin Dr eastern extension unnecessary

Truck drivers who use Nowergup Rd-Wesco Rd are among those calling for an extension of Lukin Dr to Wanneroo Rd. Picture Anita McInnes

AN eastern extension of Lukin Dr has not been previously investigated as traffic modelling does not indicate its requirement in the long term, according to Main Roads WA.

But Main Roads WA spokesman Dean Roberts said if the City of Wanneroo believed a future extension of Lukin Dr was still warranted, the city was able to pursue that as a separate planning proposal as it would be a local road.

The City of Wanneroo has placed a high priority on extension of Lukin Dr to Wanneroo Rd and Nowergup Rd intersection in its Connect Wanneroo Advocacy Plan, Liveability, Sustainability, Productivity 2021 – 2025.

Mr Roberts said east-west traffic volumes would be adequately serviced via Hester Ave and Romeo Rd which were being upgraded as part of the Mitchell Fwy extension project.

“There is no road reserve in the metropolitan region scheme (MRS) and land would require excising from the Neerabup National Park, which would require significant environment and heritage approvals,’’ he said.

“The significant environmental impacts on the Neerabup National Park would far outweigh any transport benefits of extending Lukin Dr.

“It is therefore not included in the current project to extend the Mitchell Fwy to Romeo Rd.’’

North Wanneroo Residents’ Association (NWRA) has been campaigning for some years to have the 0.8km extension of Lukin Rd to Wanneroo Rd saying it would provide many economic and social rewards for the entire region including encouraging tourism and recreation.

Now in the lead up to the May 21 election residents, business owners and truck drivers in the Nowergup area have been calling for Pearce candidates to support their push for the extension.

NWRA said Labor’s candidate for Pearce Tracey Roberts as the mayor of the City of Wanneroo and the Liberals candidate Linda Aitken as a Wanneroo North-East ward councillor, both publicly showed strong support when the residents’ association made a deputation to the council in December.

NWRA chairman Mark Zagar said while their support had been greatly appreciated by the community their campaign to get federal funding from both candidates remained unanswered.

On Wednesday, May 4 Mrs Roberts said she was committed to listening to the needs of the growing outer suburbs, and if she was privileged to be elected, she would advocate for the projects the community needed and deserved.

Last year Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said the McGowan Government was satisfied that once the Romeo Rd interchange was completed together with Hester Ave there would be enough east-west connectivity so the Lukin Dr to Nowergup-Wanneroo Rd extension was unnecessary.

Ms Winton also said she was not in favour of fragmenting the Neerabup National Park.

Mr Zagar said roads including Romeo Rd, Hester Ave, Hall Rd, Flynn Dr, Burns Beach Rd and Joondalup Dr already cut through the Neerabup National Park while Pipidinny Rd and Yanchep Beach Rd cross Yanchep National Park.

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