No­randa res­i­dents want more pro­tec­tion


Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

A GROUP of No­randa res­i­dents wants Main Roads WA to ex­tend a screen wall along the en­tire length of the Be­nara Road bridge.

The wall is be­ing con­structed as part of the NorthLink WA project.

NorthLink WA south­ern sec­tion con­trac­tor John Hol­land in­stalled pri­vacy walls in the back yards of Wells Court prop­er­ties to pre­vent driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans look­ing into peo­ple’s homes within 100m of the road.

The con­trac­tor plans to build a screen wall along part of the bridge.

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said John Hol­land ad­vised res­i­dents they would re­view the noise and screen wall de­signs fol­low­ing the con­cerns raised by res­i­dents.

“John Hol­land has now fi­nalised a de­sign for a screen wall that runs along the north­ern side of the west ap­proach to the bridge struc­ture and com­pleted checks to en­sure that screen­ing re­quire­ments have been met,” he said.

“When con­structed, it is an­tic­i­pated that this will sat­isfy res­i­dent’s con­cerns. Screens are typ­i­cally pro­vided ad­ja­cent to road­ways and paths or on prop­erty bound­aries.”

No­randa res­i­dent Te­nille Mod­ica said sev­eral res­i­dents wanted the screen wall at the bridge to run all the way to the end of the bridge.

“Main Roads and John Hol­land have tried but the out­come that they are propos­ing is not enough,” she said.

“You can see into my back yard from the bridge… when we have our lights on at night, that gap is enough for peo­ple to look over.”

A BET­TER so­lu­tion is needed to en­sure Wells Court res­i­dents can re­gain pri­vacy and safety in their homes. Be­ing able to see the con­struc­tion site of a bridge from a back yard is an eye­sore to say the least. Pedes­tri­ans and driv­ers trav­el­ling along the Be­nara Road bridge will also be able to see into prop­er­ties in Wells Court. Res­i­dents can no longer play in their back yards, cook in the kitchen or sleep in peace. Main Roads WA has built screen walls in the res­i­dents' back yards to en­sure their pri­vacy is pro­tected and com­bat noise lev­els, but many house­holds can still see the bridge and pil­lars of sand be­cause the walls are not high enough. For those liv­ing in two-storey houses, they have lost most of their pri­vacy as they have a full view of the con­struc­tion site. While the bridge is ex­pected to im­prove ac­cess on to Tonkin High­way, there are still many con­cerns that need to be ad­dressed for res­i­dents liv­ing next to the bridge. Kristie Lim Re­porter­mu­ni­ d474490

Res­i­dents Te­nille Mod­ica, Malti El­liott, Mor­ley MLA Am­ber-Jade San­der­son, Fay Simp­son and Alan Simp­son want their home pri­vacy pro­tected. Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie

The view of the new bridge from res­i­dents’ rooftops in Wells Court.

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