Have your say on road plan

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Leah Roberts

A CON­CEPT plan for High Street be­tween Stir­ling High­way and Car­ring­ton Street is now open for com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

At the cen­tre of the plan is a round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion with Stir­ling High­way, as well as widen­ing the High Street me­dian to sep­a­rate traf­fic and trees.

The project is es­ti­mated to cost $118 mil­lion and create 700 jobs.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the mod­i­fied plan was cre­ated in con­sul­ta­tion with the City of Fre­man­tle.

“The orig­i­nal plan was agreed upon by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment but we have mod­i­fied it,” she said.

“The plan is to im­prove the safety of the lo­cal area, in­clud­ing amend­ing the grades of the road.

“This project had been 10 years in the mak­ing and fur­ther dis­cus­sion is needed over carparks near the net­ball courts.”

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said the bal­ance be­tween freight ef­fi­ciency and safety would be met un­der the plan.

“The Royal Fre­man­tle Golf Course will most likely lose a tee but ul­ti­mately it won’t lose any of its rat­ings and plan to im­prove the driv­ing range,” he said.

“Park­ing will also be a chal­lenge in this area but the key aspect of the project was to make it safer to stop kids run­ning across the road.”

Re­think the Link and the Western Har­bour Al­liance co-or­di­na­tor Kim Dravnieks said the group con­grat­u­lated the Gov­ern­ment for mak­ing moves to be­gin the project.

“I would like to see the project moved quickly to get the diesel freight out­side sub­ur­ban ar­eas,” she said.

“The project is not easy with the con­sid­er­a­tion of the net­ball courts.

“All of these as­pects need to be looked at and lo­cal res­i­dents will make pub­lic com­ment.”

It is es­ti­mated the High Street up­grade will create 700 jobs.

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