Ref­er­en­dum plan on Pin­jarra by­pass

SHIRE CON­SID­ERS TOWN CEN­TRE DE­VI­A­TION

Mandurah Coastal Times - - OPINION -

A REF­ER­EN­DUM with the po­ten­tial to im­prove busi­ness growth and tourism in the Pin­jarra Town Cen­tre is be­ing co­or­di­nated as part of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

The Pin­jarra Heavy Haulage De­vi­a­tion Ref­er­en­dum seeks to de­ter­mine com­mu­nity sup­port for the con­struc­tion of a heavy haulage traf­fic by­pass around the east­ern side of the town cen­tre and along Pin­jarra-Wil­liams Road to link in with South West­ern High­way.

The re­sults will de­ter­mine whether the Shire lob­bies the State Gov­ern­ment to fund and build the de­vi­a­tion.

Shire Pres­i­dent Ma­ree Reid said the road would ex­ceed its ca­pac­ity by 2023.

She said the de­vi­a­tion of­fered a num­ber of ben­e­fits in­clud­ing im­proved ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian safety in the town cen­tre, in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove street scap­ing, re­duced traf­fic con­ges­tion, and im­proved busi­ness growth and tourism po­ten­tial.

The project likely cost the State Gov­ern­ment $27.5 mil­lion. The ref­er­en­dum bal­lot paper would be dis­trib­uted with the elec­tion pack­age to reach elec­tors by Oc­to­ber 6.

Three pre­sen­ta­tions will be held with a busi­ness pre­sen­ta­tion at Pin­jarra Bowl­ing and Recre­ation Club on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19 from 5.15-7pm and public drop-in in­for­ma­tion ses­sions at the Lesser Hall, Pin­jarra on Tues­day and Thurs­day, Septem­ber 26 and 28 from 4-7pm.

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