Pearce candidates questioned about Lukin Dr support

Residents, business owners and truck drivers call for Pearce candidates to support their push for an extension of Lukin Dr to Wanneroo Rd. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE North Wanneroo Residents’ Association wants Pearce candidates Tracey Roberts and Linda Aitken to say where their parties stand on the issue of extending Lukin Dr east to Wanneroo Rd in the lead up to the May 21 election.

North Wanneroo Residents’ Association chairman Mark Zagar said both candidates – Mrs Roberts as the mayor of the City of Wanneroo and Mrs Aitken as a Wanneroo North-East ward councillor, publicly showed strong support when the residents’ association made a deputation to the council in December.

The extension of Lukin Dr to Wanneroo Rd and Nowergup Rd intersection has also been given a high priority in the city’s Connect Wanneroo Advocacy Plan, Liveability, Sustainability, Productivity 2021 – 2025.

As part of the Mitchell Fwy extension to Romeo Rd, Lukin Dr is being extended to the freeway but without an interchange or connection to Wanneroo Rd on the eastern side.

The McGowan Government has not been in favour of extending Lukin Rd east of the freeway with Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton telling Yanchep News Online in March 2021 that the 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.

He said if Lukin Dr was extended 0.8km to Wanneroo Rd it would provide many economic and social rewards for the entire region including encouraging tourism and recreation.

The connecting road would also reduce transport costs for food and building materials, plus employees and families.

The City of Wanneroo is also advocating for the extension of Lukin Dr to the Wanneroo Rd and Nowergup Rd intersection. Graphic: City of Wanneroo

It would connect Perth’s food bowl, businesses, limestone mining and residents to the freeway, Metronet and suburban infrastructure.

The extension would also encourage Neerabup industrial estate’s future growth.

“It would become the largest east-west Linkage in the area, 15 kms from Marmion Ave to Old Yanchep Rd,’’ he said.

Another positive would be an increase in safety and emergency response as it would provide more options to safely divert traffic and create containment lines for both firefighting and hazard reduction burns.

He said all landowners the association had spoken with unanimously supported it.

“Everyone wants it, especially with the government cutting our water licenses by 10 to 25 per cent with no compensation and no guarantee of further cuts.

Nowergup business owner Robbie Topliss said he thought all the truck drivers servicing market gardens, quarries, the mulching business and chook farms in the area would prefer to get onto the Mitchell Fwy using the Lukin Dr extension if it was built.

Mr Topliss said using Hester Ave to get onto and off the freeway used more fuel and was more time consuming for truck drivers as they had to weave around the roundabouts.

Both Mrs Roberts and Mrs Aitken have been contacted for comment.