City taken to task over pro­posal

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

PO­TEN­TIAL traf­fic con­ges­tion from a new seven-storey block at the Taskers de­vel­op­ment near the Stir­ling High­way and Mc­Cabe Street in­ter­sec­tion has Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris con­cerned.

Garry Dempsey De­vel­op­ments has sub­mit­ted a pro­posal for the de­vel­op­ment with two lev­els of un­der­ground park­ing, east of an es­tab­lished nine-storey build­ing on a nar­row cor­ner of Mc­Cabe Street.

The site is part of a larger spe­cial de­vel­op­ment zone for apart­ments, in­clud­ing the One Steel and Matilda Bay Brew­ery sites con­trolled by the City of Fre­man­tle.

Their im­pact on traf­fic on Mc­Cabe Street, a main route into Mos­man Park, and a claimed lack of con­sul­ta­tion by Fre­man­tle has an­noyed coun­cil­lors.

Mr Nor­ris said his coun­cil had not been told what ac­tion, if any, would be taken to im­prove the nearby in­ter­sec­tion.

“If driv­ers can’t get out of Mc­Cabe Street at Stir­ling High­way they will head east into Mos­man Park, and that will only in­crease the num­ber of ve­hi­cles try­ing to squeeze into a res­i­den­tial street,” Mr Nor­ris said.

“A ma­jor con­cern will re­late to ve­hi­cle ac­cess and egress from Taskers, be­cause the de­vel­op­ment shares a drive­way with the com­pleted ad­join­ing block, which has poor sight­lines and has al­ready been the sub­ject of much crit­i­cal com­ment,” North Fre­man­tle Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion con­venor Ger­ard MacGill said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion to the City of Fre­man­tle said the site was “fairly rea­son­ably lo­cated” for buses and the North Fre­man­tle train sta­tion and plans in­cluded a power sta­tion for elec­tric cars and cy­clists’ fa­cil­i­ties.

Taskers project man­ager Ni­cole Ro­drigues said con­ges­tion would be neg­li­gi­ble af­ter it had been doc­u­mented in a traf­fic as­sess­ment, but widen­ing the Mc­Cabe Street and Stir­ling High­way in­ter­sec­tion and chang­ing the tim­ing of its traf­fic lights would re­duce traf­fic.

“As for the safety con­cerns of the drive­way, the drive­way is a road­way known as Tasker Place and due to low traf­fic vol­umes this is not en­vis­aged to be a safety con­cern,” she said.

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