Federal election: Pearce, Cowan promises focus in the final week of the campaign

The federal election campaign came into final gear this week as voters prepare to head to the polls on Saturday, and Pearce’s hotly contested seat has once again been a focus of both parties.

A re-elected Liberal government has announced it will pledge up to $20 million to realign Gnangara Road with Whitfords Avenue to improve access to Wangara.

The project includes the construction of a roundabout on a realigned Gnangara Road to intersect with Whitfords Avenue and Wanneroo Road.

The Liberal candidate for Pearce, Linda Aitken, said the realignment would “relieve 60,000 vehicles a day through the intersection and unlock 1,000 businesses employing more than 8,000 people.”

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“It’s critical infrastructure like this that creates jobs and brings the residents of our community home faster and safer,” she said.

Pearce residents will also have easier access to mental health support as liberals announce a new adult service in Yanchep.

The Head to Health service will be designed to provide a welcoming, stigma-free gateway for adults to access mental health information, services, and support.

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The services are free and can be referred for more intensive mental health care or social support if needed.

The Perth North Primary Health Network will commission the service, which will receive $3.4 million over four years to set up and operate it.

The network consults with the community to determine its location and ensure that the hub provides services that meet the needs of the local community.

Ms. Aitken also announced $1.5 million for the Wanneroo bicycle network, matching the pledge made by Labor candidate Tracey Roberts the week before.

The project aims to provide a cycle path network for residents who want an alternative to using the car and to provide children and families with a new recreational facility.

“The first project’s first phaser a network of paths across the city and map out potential cycling facilities at the new Metronet stations in Alkimos, Eglinton, and Yanchep,” said Ms Aitken.

.The network would build more than 46 km of new trails and upgrade more than 35 km of existing ones.

Liberals have also pledged $204,064 to increase security and safety for the Hindu community that meets regularly at the Shree Jalaram Mandal in Gnangara, including upgrades to CCTV, lighting, and fencing.

On the other hand, Labor announced this week that it would improve disaster preparedness in Perth’s northern suburbs with a $3.75 million investment for a disaster relief area in Wanneroo.

The district would include a purpose-built permanent facility to help emergency personnel prepare for and manage large-scale incidents in the wildfire-prone area.

Although the city has four volunteer bushfire brigades spread across three facilities, it does not have a Level 3 incident control center, which meant deploying transportable and temporary facilities at the old Dizzy Lamb Park in Nowergup during the 2019 Yanchep fires.

In Cowan, Liberal candidate Vince Connelly announced $787,078 for the Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services in Mirrabooka, providing youth ages 14 to 25 access to educational resources such as workshops on sexual health and family and domestic violence.

“Young women will have access to education on family and domestic violence identifiers, knowledge about their rights under Australian law, and access to health and welfare services,” said Connelly.

He also pledged $780,000 for upgrades to expand the shelter and spectator area at Lightning Park in Noranda and increase accessibility for strollers and wheelchairs.

The park is home to the Noranda junior and senior football clubs, Morley Eagles Tee Ball Club, and the Perth Broncos Gridiron Club, with the upgrades to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

Liberals will also invest $280,000 to upgrade Masjid Al-Taqwa, known as Mirrabooka Mosque.

The works include the installation of a lift to the women’s prayer room, security screens for the upstairs windows, and repairs to the fencing.

“For over 25 years, Masjid Al-Taqwa has been one of the most active mosques in WA, welcoming more than 2,000 worshipers each week,” Connelly said.

“However, with many aging worshipers and ongoing targeted crime, accessibility and safety have become increasingly important concerns.”

The Morrison government previously provided $85,000 for CCTV and other security measures at the mosque after it was bombed in 2018.

John D.Mayne
I love to write. When I wasn’t writing for my school newspaper or college blog, I was writing personal essays and journal entries. Then I discovered I loved to write. In college, I wrote for my school paper and my campus radio show. I started doing freelance writing for the Huffington Post in 2009. Then, I joined the team at Newsmyth as a writer/editor. Now, I spend most of my time writing for Newsmyth and as a guest blogger on a handful of other blogs. When I’m not writing, I like to read, travel, cook, and spend time with friends.