Ring road route out­dated

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

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

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