Bus bay on wish list

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By JON BASSETT Pic­ture: Jon Bassett

THE Clare­mont Park Mas­ter­plan in­cludes plans for a bus pull-in bay.

“Hav­ing the cy­cling and walk­ing paths con­nect­ing the schools, and be­ing part of a wider cy­cling plan, will en­cour­age more peo­ple to not use cars,” coun­cil­lor Jill Goetze said.

Buses that stop for pas­sen­gers cur­rently par­tially block Stir­ling High­way’s in­side lane.

How­ever, any bay for the pub­lic trans­port is part of the plan’s sec­ond stage not funded by the coun­cil and its con­struc­tion de­pends on fu­ture State Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions.

The sec­ond stage also has a po­ten­tial Depart­ment of Trans­port-funded 160m bike path to con­nect the town cen­tre with UWA.

An ini­tial master plan was adopted in 2013 so the park com­ple­mented the coun­cil’s new head­quar­ters at the cor­ner of Stir­ling High­way and Bay View Ter­race.

Af­ter a new pub­lic toi­let was built near the high­way bus stop, it was agreed to re­view a former master plan be­cause the War Me­mo­rial at the cor­ner was not go­ing to be moved to a new lo­ca­tion in the park.

Last month, coun­cil­lors agreed to fund the plan’s twopart first stage in 2017-18.

Coun­cil will spend $73,991 on a 190m path from Bernard Street to Fresh­wa­ter Bay Pri­mary School, a 100m de­vi­a­tion path and a new ve­hi­cle en­try from Bayview Ter­race.

In 2018-19, $261,000 will fund a new ad­ven­ture play­ground near the kinder­garten on the east side of the park, bar­be­cues and shel­ters, a path from the new toi­let to the Meals on Wheels head­quar­ters at the east side of the park, lights benches, bins and ir­ri­ga­tion.

“The play­ground will pro­vide bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for the kinder­garten, the pri­mary school and res­i­dents,” Cr Goetze said.

Clare­mont coun­cil­lor Jill Goetze say the Clare­mont Park mas­ter­plan will im­prove cy­cling and pedes­trian ac­cess.

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