Walk­way given the go-ahead

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Gibbs

A pro­posed walk­way along the Leschenault Es­tu­ary got the green light at last week’s Har­vey Shire Coun­cil meet­ing, caus­ing a stir among res­i­dents in at­ten­dance.

More than 30 peo­ple packed the gallery, with pub­lic ques­tion time ex­tended to ac­com­mo­date the dis­cus­sion of the walk­way and the BP sta­tion up­grades.

The shared path is ex­pected to cost $170,000, with equal fund­ing from the coun­cil and the De­part­ment of Trans­port.

The project will con­nect the Ridely Place Re­serve to a planned path through the Christina Street re­serve, which has con­cerned some res­i­dents.

Old Coast Road res­i­dent Ju­dith Thomp­son urged coun­cil­lors to con­sider a “green” foot­path with min­i­mal en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

“It seems you have been wooed by the thought of the pot of gold at the end of the rain­bow of free money,” Mrs Thomp­son said to coun­cil­lors.

“A 2.5m wide, dual lane path is overkill.”

Har­vey shire ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of tech­ni­cal ser­vices Rick Lotznicker said a paved path was more ac­ces­si­ble for users.

“2.5m is the min­i­mum stan­dard for a shared path funded by the De­part­ment of Trans­port,” Mr Lotznicker said.

Fol­low­ing the coun­cil meet­ing, Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said the project was the lat­est in a long line of up­grades to Ri­d­ley Place Re­serve.

“The con­cerns from a lot of those peo­ple that live in the area was that they have been look­ing af­ter that area them­selves and they’ll be im­pacted by fur­ther use,” Ms Jack­son.

“We’ll sim­ply have to work with those peo­ple to get the best out­come and hope­fully we’ll get a good re­sult for the whole com­mu­nity.

“Those peo­ple that feel they’re re­ally af­fected will prob­a­bly have to ac­cept that this is a pub­lic ac­cess way but hope­fully we can work to­gether to make an im­prove­ment for the es­tu­ary.”

The mo­tion was passed with one coun­cil­lor op­posed and in­cluded the con­di­tion that the coun­cil in­cor­po­rated sug­ges­tions from res­i­dents where pos­si­ble.

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