Road rage: Bayswater businesses fight to keep Collier Road address

Brett Johnson (Turf Master), Bruce Potter (business/property owner) and Nick De Laurentiis (business owner) Businesses on Collier Road are concerned over the proposed name change to portions of Collier Road due to the NorthLink WA project. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Brett Johnson (Turf Master), Bruce Potter (business/property owner) and Nick De Laurentiis (business owner) Businesses on Collier Road are concerned over the proposed name change to portions of Collier Road due to the NorthLink WA project. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

TWENTY Bayswater businesses are fighting to keep their Collier Road address after being “kept in the dark” about plans to change the name of the road due to modifications in the area.

The construction of a new interchange near the Collier Road and Tonkin Highway intersection and an elevated intersection across Tonkin Highway connected by freeway style entry and exit ramps were part of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project.

As a result, three new roads would be created near the intersection of Collier Road and Tonkin Highway.

Bayswater Council knocked back City officers’ recommendations to change west and east of Tonkin Highway to Walkenden and Greenaish Roads, and Spencer Street to Tuckwell Street at the June 20 committee meeting.

Dolly Nominees Inspections West business owner Bruce Potter, who sent a petition to Council last month, said businesses were not consulted. A businessman in the area estimated they would be affected by a cost of more than $200,000 if the name changes went ahead.

“We have had this name for 35 years, there is no way in the world that they can take our name away from us just because they have got a freeway,” he said.

“All these businesses are either going to lose money or take it to the State Administrative Tribunal but it is going to cost them (Landgate and the City) two or three years to sort this out.

“I think the Collier Bypass is a name that works for everybody; it does not cost the City of Bayswater a cent.”

Mayor Barry McKenna said the City would meet with petitioners, Landgate, NorthLink WA and councillors to discuss all options available.

“It is noted, however, that Landgate have indicated to the City that they will not approve use of the word “Collier” so close to the existing “Collier Road” – their policies do not allow for name duplication,” he said.

“The City has not made a decision yet on the request from NorthLink WA to change the name of Collier Road.

“The matter will be referred back to a future Committee/Council meeting for a decision to commence consultation.”

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said Main Roads ensured continuous communication with businesses impacted, and their concerns have been communicated to the City.

“The realignment of Collier Road and the new bridge will impact some businesses and Main Roads has been working closely with them for the past three years to ensure they are kept informed of any changes,” he said.

A Landgate spokeswoman said Landgate was notified by the City of its need to review naming of segments of the current Collier Road.

“Landgate is providing the City of Bayswater with advice about naming policies and standards as the council works to resolve the issue,” she said.