Noranda residents want more protection
RESIDENTS CALL TO EXTEND BRIDGE SCREEN
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 Reporter
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.