RES­I­DENTS NOT CON­SULTED

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

THE Mur­doch Drive Con­nec­tion is be­ing built with­out con­sult­ing any of the al­most 800 Mur­doch Chase res­i­dents, the pro­ject's most sig­nif­i­cantly im­pacted res­i­den­tial stake­hold­ers. Our main con­cerns are: 1. Mur­doch Chase res­i­dents will be de­nied di­rect ac­cess to Mur­doch Drive from Far­ring­ton Road. The new plan would re­quire us to in­crease travel dis­tance from about 1.5km to about 3.5km to these places and in­crease travel time from five min­utes to 30 min­utes dur­ing peak hours.

2. The plan will re­sult in more cars trav­el­ling through Far­ring­ton Road. This will also im­pact Leem­ing res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

3. Ex­it­ing Mur­doch Chase onto Far­ring­ton Road through the big round­about is al­ready a chal­lenge, in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing rush hour.

4. There is sig­nif­i­cant dust, noise and vi­bra­tion suf­fered by res­i­dents whose houses are near the pro­ject site.

At a brief­ing to the Bi­bra Lake Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, it was ob­vi­ous that the pro­ject was rushed through to meet a dead­line set by Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti.

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