Clo­sure con­cerns


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A PE­TI­TION of 146 sig­na­tures has called for a spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing to ad­dress traf­fic con­cerns around the clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue in Red­cliffe.

The pe­ti­tion was pre­sented to the City of Bel­mont and if all sig­na­tures are ratepay­ers, a spe­cial meet­ing will need to be held within 35 days.

A group of Red­cliffe res­i­dents say both Main Roads and City of Bel­mont ig­nored their con­cerns about Brear­ley Av­enue’s clo­sure dur­ing the plan­ning and con­sul­ta­tion phase for Devel­op­ment Area 6.

The devel­op­ment aims to pro­vide in­creased den­sity around the planned Air­port West train sta­tion. Brear­ley Av­enue is the main artery to ter­mi­nal three and four at Perth Air­port and is planned to close at Great East­ern High­way.

Res­i­dents have con­sis­tently called for a com­pro­mise on the road and hav­ing one car­riage­way left open for lo­cal traf­fic un­til First Av­enue.

Red­cliffe res­i­dent Richard Fos­ter said the traf­fic mod­el­ling pro­vided to res­i­dents was based on pop­u­la­tion fig­ures less than half of what the City of Bel­mont pre­dicted for the area.

“If Main Roads did the traf­fic mod­el­ling today the pop­u­la­tion fig­ure would be dif­fer­ent again and this is be­cause ur­ban den­sity and land use needs are de­pen­dent on things such as devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted to coun­cil,” he said.

Mr Fos­ter said the dis­crep­an­cies be­tween the pop­u­la­tion fig­ures in the traf­fic mod­el­ling doc­u­ment and City of Bel­mont pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mates were raised in com­mu­nity ref­er­ence group meet­ings last year.

“This was asked at the CRG meet­ings in 2015 but not acted upon,” he said.

De­spite the pe­ti­tion, af­fected res­i­dents could be too late. The State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced the start of road works pre­par­ing for the clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue the day af­ter the pe­ti­tion was sub­mit­ted.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said the con­tract had been awarded for the up­grade of the Great East­ern High­way-Fauntleroy Av­enue in­ter­sec­tion in prepa­ra­tion for the For­rest­field- Air­port Link. The nearby in­ter­sec­tion of Cool­gar­die Av­enue will also be up­graded later this year to pro­vide ded­i­cated right-turn lanes for Great East­ern High­way traf­fic in both di­rec­tions.

Mr Nalder said work on clos­ing Brear­ley Av­enue at Great East­ern High­way had started in or­der to de­velop the Air­port West Sta­tion.

“Both in­ter­sec­tions are ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore the end of the year in readi­ness for the planned clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue at Great East­ern High­way,” he said.

Red­cliffe landowner Dianne Mossen­son said while road net­work changes might have re­gional ben­e­fits, they would cause chaos within the DA6 area.

“The planned clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue by Main Roads WA is ra­tio­nalised by (their) de­sire to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of their re­gional net­works,” she said.

“Sub­stan­tive ev­i­dence to sup­port the clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue at Great East­ern High­way, rather than at First Street in or­der to build the train sta­tion, has not been pro­vided to the ratepay­ers.

“The clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue at Great East­ern High­way, whilst of ad­van­tage to Main Roads, is to the dis­ad­van­tage of the lo­cal com­mu­nity of the DA6 area.”

Lo­cals Bella Scharfenstein, Diane Mossen­son, Richard Fos­ter, Stephanie Clarke, Robert Green­wood and Dorothy War­man.

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