Ring road route outdated
I was interested to note the comments from Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan condemning the route of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road, also referred to as the Bunbury bypass.
We in the community of Gelorup, just South of Bunbury, would welcome Main Roads’ realisation of what to by-pass means. We are not to be by-passed by Main Roads’ intended route.
The intention is to carve through the middle of this community with known devastating effects on the native floThe ra and fauna and on the residents. There are alternative routes that could be taken but they are not preferred by Main Roads even though they have admitted in the past that in the long term a wider circumvention will be necessary.
It is acknowledged that the habitats of endangered species of possum, cockatoos, and phascogales will be destroyed by this road and may even lead to extinction.
The environmental studies carried out have not been thorough but have shown sufficient concerns to indicate that an alternative route should be chosen.
There is open land to the south of Gelorup where an alternative route would have little environmental impact and no social impact at all.
Main Roads are blindly following a 40-year-old, outdated concept plan and own a strip of land through Gelorup intended as single carriageway.
Forty years ago, there were no residents here. Much has changed in 40 years, not least the size of the trucks and the traffic volumes that are now on our roads.
strip owned is not wide enough for a dual carriageway with associated median strip and run-off strips. They also need to put in sound reducing barrier walls. Add to this the kangaroo population that currently roams freely from block to block and this would be a very dangerous section of road.
No one would wish to share this road with holiday traffic and road trains.
I wish Mayor Brennan luck in trying to talk common sense to Main Roads. Keith Wilcox, Gelorup