Se­cond road a safety must

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Ian En­glert, Grace­town

Mr Ber­liner’s view of the pro­posed se­cond ac­cess road to Grace­town I be­lieve is mis­lead­ing (Pro­tect park from en­croach­ment, 10/2).

The pro­posed road align­ment doesn’t go through tall trees, only low bush and scrub.

Flora and fauna stud­ies have been done and no de­struc­tion would oc­cur.

Not only is this se­cond ac­cess road needed for ev­ery­one’s safety if fire oc­curs, but also for the amenity of the area for peo­ple who live in Grace­town by re­duc­ing traf­fic vol­umes.

It doesn’t make plan­ning sense for con­struc­tion and the heavy ve­hi­cles re­lated to the Gov­ern­ment’s 150-lot sub­di­vi­sion to travel through the cen­tre of this town for the next 20 years, dodging res­i­dents, tourists and small chil­dren go­ing to the beach, surf­ing, skate­board­ing and catch­ing the school bus ev­ery morn­ing and af­ter­noon.

When fire does oc­cur, it would de­pend on where it started, and the wind di­rec­tion as to what roads are closed.

Dur­ing the last fire, the au­thor­i­ties closed Cowaramup Bay Road. No­body could get in or out of Grace­town.

How­ever, due to the wind di­rec­tion, a road to the south would have been left open for a pe­riod of time, with emer­gency ve­hi­cles get­ting in and per­haps lives saved.

The se­cond ac­cess road from Grace­town to El­lens­brook Road is needed to stop all the con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling through the cen­tre of our town and also for fire safety and the preser­va­tion of hu­man life.

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