Caves Road listing hope
A proposed heritage listing for the region’s Caves Road tourist drive has taken the next step, with the WA Heritage Council backing further investigation.
As reported previously by the Times, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River voted in August to instigate heritage listing for Caves Road amid concerns about a planned Main Roads WA safety project.
Main Roads has formed two community reference groups to look at widening some road sections between Yallingup and Rainbow Cave Road in Margaret River, but many operators along the route oppose a major overhaul.
Heritage Council chairwoman Anne Arnold told the ABC last week investigation was needed to understand the history and character of Caves Road.
“We have to determine whether it jumps the State hurdles,” she said.
“Many places are of local significance but don’t have that extra (element) that makes them of State significance which warrants their entry into the State register.”
Commentators, including former South West MLC Barry House, have long said the road could be upgraded and protected to rival Victoria’s Great Ocean Road as a tourist drawcard.
Main Roads has said previously it will listen to community concerns and it is “imperative” Caves Road’s aesthetics and appeal are retained.
It has dismissed that road widening could be as great as 15m in some sections.
The Heritage Council assessment is slated for February.