Drive to block Mur­doch Link

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE weight of sig­na­tures gath­ered in the fight against the Mur­doch Drive Con­nec­tion de­sign is proof the State Gov­ern­ment needs to re­think its plan, says Tangney MHR Ben Mor­ton.

And he could gain fur­ther sup­port from a lo­cal coun­cil.

The se­lected route for the $100 mil­lion road link­ing Mur­doch Drive to Roe High­way was an­nounced by Transport Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti in Jan­uary.

Mr Mor­ton has cir­cu­lated two change.org pe­ti­tions push­ing for a re-think. As of Fri­day, the pe­ti­tions had pulled in 4958 sig­na­tures.

“These pe­ti­tions are de­signed to show the State Gov­ern­ment what they would have learned through fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion – that the com­mu­nity does not sup­port the 2018 plans but they do sup­port the orig­i­nal 2017 plans,” Mr Mor­ton said.

Mr Mor­ton said the con­cern for res­i­dents was lim­ited ac­cess to Roe High­way from Bi­bra Drive and Far­ring­ton Road.

“They are an­gry the Mur­doch Drive Con­nec­tion will be built in our lo­cal com­mu­nity but we will be de­nied full ac­cess to it and the full benefits,” he said.

Mr Mor­ton could po­ten­tially find sup­port from the City of Cock­burn, with Deputy Mayor Lee-Anne Smith to put for­ward a mo­tion in April re­quest­ing the coun­cil write to Ms Saf­fi­oti “ex­press­ing se­ri­ous con­cern” with the lack of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and fi­nal de­sign.

She said there had been a “rise in anger and con­cern” from res­i­dents in Leem­ing, Bi­bra Lake, North Lake and Mur­doch Chase.

“The pri­mary rea­son for the back­lash stems from a nar­row and lim­ited process of con­sul­ta­tion with Cock­burn res­i­dents and sig­nif­i­cant vari­a­tion to the orig­i­nal con­cept de­sign pro­posed by Main Roads,” she said.

The idea could be con­tro­ver­sial, given the City of Cock­burn pre­vi­ously said Ms Saf­fi­oti’s plan was “the least dis­rup­tive” of those on the ta­ble.

The plan cho­sen by the Min­is­ter was dif­fer­ent to the one favoured by Main Roads WA (MRWA), although MRWA spokesman Dean Roberts told Com­mu­nity News in Fe­bru­ary it did meet the core re­quire­ments of the project, in­clud­ing “im­proved, two-way ac­cess to the Mur­doch Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre from Kwinana Free­way and Roe High­way”.

The se­lected con­cept will al­low driv­ers to en­ter the new ex­ten­sion from Bi­bra Drive only if they are head­ing north to­wards the Mur­doch Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre.

It means those look­ing to exit di­rectly into Bi­bra Lake from Roe High­way will be pushed fur­ther down Mur­doch Drive to­wards Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal.

Wil­lagee MLA Peter Tin­ley de­scribed it as a com­pro­mise, while the Bi­bra Lake Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion said this op­tion had the least im­pact on the lo­cal road network.

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