McCabe Street

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park res­i­dents and coun­cilors have asked if the City of Fre­man­tle is be­ing re­spon­si­ble by ap­prov­ing cafe park­ing bays on a nar­row, busy, up­hill cor­ner at the Tasker’s apart­ment devel­op­ment on McCabe Street.

“It’s a blind spot; I’ve seen the way peo­ple drive around here and it’s quite scary,” Mos­man Park res­i­dent Pauline Hamp­ton said.

Fre­man­tle’s traf­fic study for its pro­posed apart­ment devel­op­ment zone bor­der­ing Mos­man Park found daily traf­fic could in­crease from 9700 ve­hi­cles to 15,500 in about a decade on the street, which is used by school traf­fic and is the ma­jor south­ern route into the river­side sub­urb.

Last month, Mos­man Park coun­cil­lors asked Fre­man­tle to tackle traf­fic con­ges­tion and a haz­ard at the cor­ner po­ten­tially caused by a two-bay pull-in for a cafe at Taskers. The port city de­layed con­sid­er­ing apart­ments up to 15 storeys at the nearby Matilda Bay Brew­ery in the devel­op­ment zone.

“They could get 3m on the south verge to widen McCabe Street for an ex­tra lane, and a foot­path or cy­cle way, and they need two lanes turn­ing left at the in­ter­sec­tion with Stir­ling High­way,” Cr Brett Pol­lock said.

Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris is con­cerned the Tasker’s drive­way was al­lowed im­me­di­ately east of the cor­ner.

“The whole Tasker’s site is in Fre­man­tle and Mos­man Park was not asked be­fore the build­ing ap­proval was granted, and we have no reg­u­la­tory con­trol to ask that the park­ing bay be re­moved,” Mr Nor­ris said.

At Fre­man­tle’s May 28 meet­ing, Cr An­drew Sul­li­van ar­gued a sin­gle “slim” tower up to 46m should be con­sid­ered at the brew­ery af­ter over­all height at the site was low­ered to 25m and three pos­si­ble tow­ers at 33m were re­moved.

Cr Sul­li­van said in­creased height within the devel­op­ment

Pauline Hamp­ton and Brett Pol­lock say cafe car bays out­side Tasker’s are danger­ous.

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