Res­i­dents to fight for av­enue ac­cess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

Nalder said the sec­tion of the road east of First Street would close by the end of this year.

“In the mean­time, in­terim ac­cess for lo­cal traf­fic only will be main­tained on Brear­ley Av­enue be­tween Great Eastern High­way and First Street,” he said.

A re­view by Main Roads WA would be car­ried out for the re­main­ing sec­tion, but its re­sults would not be avail­able un­til the sec­ond quar­ter of next year, af­ter the March 2017 State Elec­tion.

East Metropoli­tan MLC Sa­man­tha Rowe said Mr Nalder had de­cided that the road would be closed de­spite wide­spread com­mu­nity ob­jec­tions.

“Res­i­dents have long been con­cerned about the im­pact of the clo­sure of Brear­ley Av­enue on traf­fic through­out the lo­cal area and rea­son­able ac­cess to lo­cal homes and busi­nesses,” Ms Rowe said.

On June 16, op­po­si­tion trans­port spokes­woman Rita Saf­fi­oti de­liv­ered a griev­ance mo­tion to Par­lia­ment.

“The idea that we will not get a re­sponse un­til the sec­ond quar­ter of next year is abysmal and we need more ac­tion,” Ms Saf­fi­oti said.

Mr Nalder said the real im­pact of the clo­sure would not be known un­til the start of the 2017 school year in Fe­bru­ary.

Main Roads would then an­a­lyse traf­fic move­ments in the area with the mod­i­fied road net­work.

Red­cliffe res­i­dents Peter Crookes, Sue Pethick and Bella Schar­fen­stein with East Metropoli­tan MLC Sa­man­tha Rowe.

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