Res­i­dents’ voice will shape by­pass

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

GELORUP res­i­dents have voiced con­cerns over the highly-an­tic­i­pated Bun­bury Outer Ring Road.

About 250 res­i­dents at­tended a meet­ing last week fol­low­ing grow­ing con­cerns the by­pass road would go straight through sub­ur­ban streets, re­sult­ing in an in­crease in traf­fic, noise and safety is­sues.

Res­i­dent Jeff McDougall told the South Western Times that res­i­dents hoped Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti and Main Roads WA would see “com­mon sense”.

“A by­pass should be a by­pass, not pushed through sub­urbs,” Mr McDougall said.

“We’re hop­ing the Min­is­ter will see com­mon sense and push it away from the sub­urbs.”

But Main Roads says it is yet to lock in an op­tion and al­ter­na­tive routes were be­ing con­sid­ered.

Spokesman Dean Roberts said an ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity and stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion process was un­der way and all feed­back would be con­sid­ered.

“All the feed­back from last week’s com­mu­nity meet­ing and the var­i­ous fo­rums, meet­ings and brief­ings which will take place over the next 12 to 18 months will be used to in­form the fur­ther plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment of the Bun­bury Outer Ring Road project,” Mr Roberts said. “As part of early project plan­ning, Main Roads will re­view po­ten­tial al­ter­na­tives to Hasties Road, in­clud­ing Cen­te­nary Road.

“This work com­menced re­cently and we will keep the com­mu­nity in­formed in re­gards to the out­come.”

The pro­posal will be in a plan­ning and project de­vel­op­ment phase for the next 12 to 18 months fol­low­ing a $12.5 mil­lion fund­ing in­jec­tion last year. Main Roads WA has cre­ated two com­mu­nity ref­er­ence groups as part of its con­sul­ta­tion phase and nom­i­na­tions for both close to­day.

Mr Roberts said com­mu­nity mem­bers were en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate.

Capel Shire Coun­cil was also ex­pected to last night en­dorse its rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Main Roads’ Bun­bury Outer Ring Road Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments Ad­vi­sory Group.

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