Peo­ple power saves gazebo

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

MAIN Roads has con­firmed a gazebo over­look­ing the Wan­neroo Road-Joon­dalup Drive in­ter­sec­tion will not be re­moved af­ter res­i­dents raised con­cerns this week.

John Shat­tock said com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives were told last week that an “iconic” gazebo for the Car­ra­mar Golf Es­tate could be re­moved for a drainage sump, as part of the in­ter­change project.

Tap­ping res­i­dent Barry McEloney said he was not happy when Main Roads mooted the idea at a con­struc­tion ref­er­ence group meet­ing on De­cem­ber 10.

“I told Main Roads that it has been hard enough for the com­mu­nity of Tap­ping and Car­ra­mar to deal with all the dis­rup­tion that the un­nec­es­sary over­pass will cause,” he said.

“Now it is sug­gested that we may have to have a drainage area in our park and the re­moval of the build­ing to ac­com­mo­date them.

“I told them un­der no cir­cum­stances will I be happy with this as it was not made clear at the out­set.”

How­ever, in a re­sponse to the Times, Main Roads project di­rec­tor Chris Raykos said the gazebo would not be moved or de­mol­ished for the project.

Mr Raykos said the drainage de­sign had run-off di­rected to an ex­ist­ing drainage basin on the north-east cor­ner, but a clash in the de­sign with un­der­ground ser­vices prompted them to look at the south-east cor­ner as an al­ter­na­tive site for un­der­ground stor­age tanks.

Af­ter con­sult­ing the con­struc­tion ref­er­ence group, he said they opted to adopt the cur­rent drainage de­sign and re­tain the gazebo.

Mr Shat­tock said res­i­dents were also “ap­palled” by the prospect that trees in the park near a shared path would also be cut down.

“It looks like we will have to take the trees down, which is what peo­ple are most up­set about,” he said.

The Car­ra­mar res­i­dent said an on­line poll in the Car­ra­mar, Ashby and Tap­ping Com­mu­nity Face­book group showed about nine out of 10 mem­bers who re­sponded voted for the gazebo and trees to stay.

Mr Raykos said a small num­ber of ma­ture trees and grass trees in the road re­serve ad­ja­cent to Joon­dalup Drive could be re­moved for the road­works, in­clud­ing new shared paths, to be con­structed.

“Clearing will be min­imised as much as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“Main Roads will con­sider plant­ing ad­di­tional trees in the south-east quad­rant of the in­ter­change.”

Mr Raykos said Western Power would start re­lo­cat­ing a sec­tion of its over­head power lines to go un­der­ground and the project was due to fin­ish in early 2020.

The com­ple­tion date for the nearby Wan­neroo Road widen­ing project has been re­vised to Fe­bru­ary.

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