By­pass best for Bun­bury

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

BILLY Kerr’s col­umn, South West­ern Times, July 26, sug­gests my sup­port for the Bun­bury Outer Ring Road is about big busi­ness and the port at the ex­pense of the broader com­mu­nity.

Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. It is about Bun­bury as a live­able city into the fu­ture.

Mr Kerr should speak to the res­i­dents of Vit­to­ria Heights and their fear of For­rest High­way at the en­trances to their sub­urb due to high traf­fic vol­umes and the num­ber of trucks.

Or per­haps the res­i­dents of Col­lege Grove and their con­cerns about en­ter­ing Bus­sell High­way amongst busy traf­fic go­ing at speed and known for its crash sta­tis­tics.

Res­i­dents liv­ing close to Robert­son Drive say they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dam­age to their homes due to the vi­bra­tions from con­stant truck move­ments on a road suf­fer­ing sub­stan­tial wear and tear. And then there is ac­cess to our hos­pi­tal.

The peo­ple who ben­e­fit most from the BORR are the peo­ple of Bun­bury.

Peo­ple trav­el­ling south al­ready turn off at Eelup Round­about. The BORR will have lit­tle im­pact on the de­ci­sions of trav­ellers de­ter­mined to head south. In fact, less traf­fic con­ges­tion may en­cour­age more to come into our city, es­pe­cially as we trans­form the CBD into a water­front dis­trict.

Of course im­proved in­fras­truc­ture cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for eco­nomic growth and that leads to more jobs. I don’t know any­one in my elec­torate who doesn’t want more jobs for our com­mu­nity.

I will al­ways sup­port projects that ben­e­fit lo­cal peo­ple, im­prove our sub­urbs and cre­ate op­por­tu­nity. That is what the BORR of­fers. Bun­bury MLA Don Punch

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