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Peter Abetz - Member for Southern River
Unit 4, 466 Warton Road
Southern River WA 6110

Telephone: 08 9256 4900
Fax: 08 9256 4995


A Warm Welcome!

Primary students at nine public schools around the electorate of Southern River are set to benefit from new tablets, laptops, desktop computers and accessories, thanks to the State Government’s $20 million Primary Device Program.

Our local schools are among hundreds across Western Australia receiving funding to purchase new hardware and software.

Along with the new devices, which include iPads and desktop computers, funding has allowed for the purchase of accessories such as charging stations, trolleys, power boards and monitors.

School funds were matched dollar for dollar by the State Government up to a total of $20 million. In Southern River, the State Government will contribute over $250,000 to fund the IT devices in nine schools.

The State Government is supporting this program by working to boost ICT infrastructure and capability in schools including better internet bandwidth ($10.4 million) and additional wireless infrastructure ($6.7 million).


I presented the Minister for Transport, Hon Dean Nalder, with over 1000 fliers asking for Ranford Road to be upgraded by triplication.

I presented the Minister for Transport, Hon Dean Nalder, with over 1000 fliers asking for Ranford Road to be upgraded by triplication.


Anyone driving in or out of our local area on Ranford Road will know of the morning and afternoon peak hour crawl. This is why I actively worked with State and local government towards having the road widened to accommodate a third lane in each direction.

The community has been right behind this initiative, and more than 1,100 people returned my Ranford Road fliers to me or emailed my office in support. I presented these to Transport Minister, Hon Dean Nalder, mid year. Shortly afterwards funding arrangements were finalised between Main Roads, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) and the City of Canning.

The first stages are complete – the construction of third lanes on Ranford Road in each direction between Bannister Road and the railway bridge. There are plans to create a third westbound lane on the railway overpass bridge, replacing the under-used footpath. (Unfortunately the bridge cannot be widened in the eastbound direction as it is simply too narrow, and eventually it will have to be rebuilt to accommodate the planned passenger rail lines).

2016 will also see construction begin on a rail overpass on Nicholson Road. This will greatly improve traffic flow along Nicholson Road, Garden Street and Yale Road as traffic will no longer be held up by long freight trains.  Main Roads has begun the tender process and construction is expected to begin mid 2016, with the project due to be completed by the end of 2017.  There will be some delays as the work proceeds, but the improvements are well over due and will benefit all road users for a long time to come.

For a full update on local road works please click on the Hot Topics button (right).


Finally, the Federal Election – Saturday July 2nd 2016

For those who like to skip the lines on election day, pre-polling for the federal election begins Tuesday 14 June 2016. 
The closest booth for those in this electorate is at Thornlie Square Shopping Centre, 320 Spencer Road, just behind the Liquorland Store. Opening dates and times are as follows:

14-17 June, 8:30-17:30
20-23 June, 8:30-17:30
24 June, 8:30-18:00
25 June, 9:00-16:00
27-28 June, 8:30-17:30
29 June, 8:30-18:00
30 June, 8:30-17:30
1 July, 8:30-18:00
2 July, 8:00-18:00

Warm regards,