Calls for trans­parency on plan for truck route

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MAIN Roads WA has con­firmed it wants a wider road re­serve at Port Beach Road that will feed Fre­man­tle Port trucks to any re­aligned Curtin Av­enue into Cottes­loe.

“It seems that Main Roads is act­ing by stealth, avoid­ing all public con­sul­ta­tion and ig­nor­ing the con­cerns of the landown­ers, and it is high time that it and Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder ex­plained the plans it has in mind for this road and all ma­jor routes lead­ing to Cottes­loe,” Cottes­loe Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man John Ham­mond said.

Port Beach Road leads to the Leighton Beach de­vel­op­ment that has been in Fre­man­tle Coun­cil plans since the for­mer mar­shalling yard site was ear­marked for beach apart­ments in the 1990s.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said widen­ing the road’s re­serve was “very sus­pi­cious” as it could en­able more trucks to use Curtin Av­enue if the Perth Freight Link (PFL) was built.

“My fear is that with talk of dou­bling of the port’s traf­fic, Main Roads could be un­der­min­ing residential de­vel­op­ment in that Leighton area, which his­tor­i­cally has been built around plan­ning to get trucks away from coastal routes,” Dr Pet­titt said.

In March, WA builder Pin­dan, su­per­an­nu­a­tion fund Hostplus, In­dus­try Su­per Prop­erty Trust and prop­erty group Roxy Pa­cific bought the in­dus­trial zoned 4.4ha for­mer Cal­tex fuel de­pot at Wal­ter Place that links the 200m west from Curtin Av­enue to Port Beach Road.

The de­pot is be­ing de­mol­ished this month but Leighton Beach de­vel­op­ers have been re­stricted from dig­ging deep be­cause of fears leaked fuel could be dis­turbed.

A Cal­tex spokes­woman said fuel spill bar­ri­ers be­ing re­moved at the de­pot would not be re­placed and the site would be re­me­di­ated be­fore new own­ers took pos­ses­sion.

Pin­dan is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing uses for the de­pot but it would not com­ment on widen­ing the road near its pur­chase.

Ques­tions to Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder were sent to Main Roads, which has $40m from 2016-17 to ex­tend Curtin Av­enue to near where a truck rolled at a Wal­ter Place hair­pin bend in Au­gust.

A Main Roads spokes­woman said a wider re­serve was for any fu­ture Curtin Av­enue ex­ten­sion and its in­ter­sec­tion with Wal­ter Place and was not con­nected to the PFL.

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