Av­enue clo­sure con­cerns

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Joel Kelly

RES­I­DENTS of Red­cliffe are mount­ing a chal­lenge to over­turn con­tro­ver­sial plans to close Brear­ley Av­enue to make way for the de­vel­op­ment area 6 vi­sion.

The vi­sion out­lines high-den­sity, pub­lic tran­sit-ori­ented de­vel­op­ment to jus­tify the fu­ture Air­port West train sta­tion, which will be tun­nelled di­rectly be­neath Brear­ley Av­enue.

Un­der the plan, air­port ac­cess would be from Tonkin High­way and Dun­reath Drive while Brear­ley Av­enue, which cur­rently car­ries 36,000 cars a day, would be closed.

Res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers, who say City of Bel­mont and Main Roads have ig­nored their con­cerns, are now at­tempt­ing to gather num­bers to prompt a City of Bel­mont spe­cial elec­tors’ meet­ing.

They need 100 sig­na­tures to force a spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing with City of Bel­mont.

One of those is con­cerned busi­ness owner Steve Erceg, who said that ac­cess to his fu­neral busi­ness would be se­ri­ously im­pacted by the clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue.

Mr Erceg is man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sea­sons Fu­ner­als, which is ac­cessed from Boul­der Av­enue.

He said the clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue would in many cases force him to lead fu­neral corteges of up to 20 cars on a con­vo­luted route through res­i­den­tial streets.

“Clients also won’t know how to get here – they will see it from the high­way but won’t know how to get to us,” he said.

“No one is lis­ten­ing to our con­cerns, which is very frus­trat­ing.

“This plan will ruin our busi­ness and we would con­sider su­ing for any loss of rev­enue.”

Mr Erceg and Red­cliffe res­i­dents have sug­gested a so­lu­tion.

“We be­lieve if they close off one car­riage­way of Brear­ley Av­enue and block it off at First Street, then res­i­dents and busi­nesses would be happy and there would be no need to up- grade Cool­gar­die Street,” he said.

Red­cliffe res­i­dent Bella Schar­fen­stein agrees, and is spear­head­ing the cam­paign for a com­pro­mise on Brear­ley Av­enue.

“Clos­ing Brear­ley Av­enue will have two im­me­di­ate ef­fects: It will cre­ate a rat run through Cool­gar­die Av­enue and First Street, then Boul­der (Av­enue) and Kanowana (Av­enue),” she said.

Ms Schar­fen­stein said the rat run would also be used to ac­cess the air­port once Cen­tral Av­enue con­nects to the air­port in the long term.

A traf­fic study by Wor­leyPar­sons states the ben­e­fits of the pro­posed clo­sure in­cludes the abil­ity to re­con­fig­ure the Tonkin High­way and Great East­ern High­way in­ter­sec­tion, which is a ma­jor source of con­ges­tion.

It also stated Brear­ley Av­enue di­vided Red­cliffe and its re­moval would al­low the road net­work to form a grid struc­ture.

Sea­sons Fu­ner­als man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steve Erceg faces busi­ness chal­lenges if Brear­ley Av­enue closes.

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