Residents’ voice will shape bypass
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.