New images reveal impact on community if Roe Highway is not built

The City of Melville has released new images demonstrating the potential impact major road upgrades will have on the livelihoods, facilities and amenity of local residents and businesses if the final stages of Roe Highway are not constructed.

The images highlight the scale of the major upgrades that will be needed at the Leach Highway- Stock Road and Leach Highway-North Lake Road intersections if Roe Highway is not completed, laying bare the huge economic, social and environmental impacts on Melville residents.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said residents across suburbs such as Palmyra, Willagee, Kardinya, Murdoch, and Samson and in particular those living near Leach Highway, South Street Stock and North Lake Roads, would not only be directly and profoundly impacted by growing congestion, pollution and road trauma but also by the alternative solutions that would be needed without the final Roe Highway extensions.

The visuals are based on the same grade intersection constructed at the similar intersection at  Leach Highway and Orrong Road to combat congestion and allow the free flow of traffic, and highlight the scale of potential upgrades that will need to occur.

“Alarmingly, the upgrades at these intersections are only two among 20 major road upgrades, costing $823 million plus the value of any land purchase and required compulsory land acquisitions, that will be needed throughout the region without Roe Highway. The upgrades were identified in the independent Greg Martin Transport Strategies Report commissioned by the South West Group which includes Melville, Cockburn and Fremantle,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“Every local resident should be deeply concerned about the potential for these major road upgrades occurring as the alternative to Roe Highway.

“The risk to the lives, lifestyles and livelihoods of tens of thousands of people is too great if we do not build Roe Highway and every member of our community should be asking hard questions about why Melville will have to suffer these impacts.

“Get the facts not the fiction at www.melvillecity.com.au/roehighway

The upgrade of the Leach Highway and North Lake Road will result in potential significant impacts on or closure of businesses including Bunnings, Titan Ford, Melville Hyundai, Melville Toyota, and destruction of a significant proportion of public open space at the Robert Street Park.

The upgrade of the Leach Highway and Stock Road will result in potential significant impacts on or closure of businesses including Woolworths, Dorsogna, Department of Transport offices, small businesses and food outlets in the area, and destruction of much of the public open space at Bill Sheehy and Lou Stonham Parks.

Visit www.melvillecity.com.au/roehighway to see the images and video explaining the impact on Melville residents.

Authorised by Shayne Silcox, City of Melville Chief Executive Officer, 10 Almondbury Road Booragoon  WA 6154