People power saves gazebo
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.