Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

RES­I­DENTS of Red­cliffe af­fected by the DA6 re­de­vel­op­ment pro­posal are dis­ap­pointed at the Min­is­ter for Trans­port’s me­dia re­lease that states that Brear­ley Av­enue needs to be closed at Great East­ern High­way in or­der to de­velop the Air­port West Sta­tion.

The res­i­dents over the past three years re­peat­edly demon­strated to Main Roads and the min­is­ter’s of­fice that the top por­tion of Brear­ley Av­enue can re­main open with­out af­fect­ing the con­struc­tion of the sta­tion, or im­ped­ing traf­fic flow on the high­way.

They are ex­tremely con­cerned that clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue will cre­ate a traf­fic haz­ard along First Street and Boul­der and Kananowa av­enues.

Driv­ers reg­u­larly lose con­trol at the Cool­gar­die Av­enue and First Street T-junc­tion, and many pedes­tri­ans have com­plained of near misses.

Larger com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles are un­able to ne­go­ti­ate this cor­ner be­cause it is too nar­row.

This sec­tion of road is sim­ply not de­signed for the large vol­umes of traf­fic that the to­tal clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue will cre­ate along First Street.

Res­i­dents be­lieve the av­enue’s clo­sure re­quires par­lia­men­tary ap­proval and they will con­tinue to lobby to keep Brear­ley Av­enue open to First Street.

The lack of con­cern for res­i­dents’ safety, demon­strated by the State and City of Bel­mont has de­stroyed our faith in gov­ern­ment. BELLA SCHARFENSTEIN. Red­cliffe.

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