MLC takes up road con­cerns

South Western Times - - News - Michael Philipps

South West MLC Colin Holt is con­cerned about a per­ceived lack of trans­parency, con­sul­ta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­gard­ing the pro­posed Bun­bury Outer Ring Road project.

Mr Holt said he had been con­tacted by a num­ber of con­stituents who were con­cerned about the im­pact of the project.

“There is com­mu­nity con­cern around en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and so­cial im­pacts of the pro­posed align­ment, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to the south­ern sec­tion of the project that will go through Woods Road in Gelorup and di­rect traf­fic onto Yalinda Drive and Hastie Road,” he said.

Mr Holt said he had writ­ten to Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti ask­ing that com­mu­nity con­cerns be ad­dressed and urg­ing a trans­par­ent ap­proach to fur­ther com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

“It is in­cred­i­bly poor form that the Min­is­ter is un­will­ing to meet with stake­hold­ers or lis­ten to the le­git­i­mate con­cerns of lo­cal res­i­dents,” he said.

“I will con­tinue to pur­sue these mat­ters on be­half of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to get the an­swers that we need.”

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said an ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity and stake­holder en­gage­ment pro­gram had been un­der way since ear­lier this year.

“Eco­nomic and so­cial im­pacts are con­sid­ered as part of the road plan­ning process,” he said.

“These have been con­sid­ered as part of the submission process to In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia and dur­ing the Align­ment Se­lec­tion Study.

“All of these doc­u­ments are read­ily avail­able and have been dis­cussed with the Com­mu­nity Ref­er­ence Groups. Four com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion drop in ses­sions will be held in Oc­to­ber.”

Ms Saf­fi­oti was un­avail­able for com­ment.

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