Second road a safety must
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.