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Question Without Notice No. 820 asked in the Legislative Council on 8 November 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 8 November 2017

MAIN ROADS — MURDOCH DRIVE CONNECTION PROJECT
      820. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:
I refer to question without notice 397 in which the minister stated that the Murdoch Drive extension has been —
      � planned solely to provide access to Murdoch Drive to support the Murdoch Activity Centre and was not intended to be an extension of Roe 7 or provide a replacement to Roe Highway stage 8.
      (1) Why does the Murdoch Drive connection project provide access from the Kwinana Freeway southern connection onto Bibra Drive and Hope Road if the intention is to only provide access to the Murdoch Activity Centre?
      (2) Can the minister confirm that this project is being built solely on the basis of traffic modelling from 11 years ago?
(3) If no to (2), will the minister make the new traffic modelling publicly available?
      (4) If yes to (2), will the minister heed community concerns and stop works until new traffic modelling has been conducted?
      (5) Will the minister please provide details of hydrology studies and environmental risk assessments that have informed the plans for the Murdoch Drive connection?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1) The primary objective of the Murdoch Drive connection project is to provide a southern connection from Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway to the Murdoch Activity Centre. The opportunities and constraints associated with a southern connection to Bibra Drive are still being investigated in consultation with key stakeholders.
(2) No; the project will be built using traffic modelling conducted in 2017.
      (3) Yes; the modelling will be made public after completion of the current consultation process with project stakeholders, including local government.
(4) Not applicable.
      (5) Hydrology studies were conducted as part of the ''Roe Highway Extension: Public Environmental Review''. The environmental risks and processes designed to manage and alleviate these risks are documented in the review.