Canning Council submits response to Transport Plan … but it wasn’t easy

Colin Barnett.
Colin Barnett.

CANNING Councillors resolved to submit a response to the State Government’s Perth Transport Plane for 3.5 million people and beyond, one week after rejecting a submission at an Ordinary Council Meeting.

The last minute Special Council Meeting on Wednesday was called ahead of a submission closing date of October 28.

It was anything but smooth with numerous motions to adjust items debated, but ultimately lost.

Riverton, Rossmoyne and Shelley Ratepayers Association representative Caroline Dunsire proposed to council to vote on each five recommendations in the item separately during question time, which was put to vote by Mayor Paul Ng and passed.

The submission took into consideration the various strategic studies and plans undertaken by the City and Council’s motion to advocate for a pedestrian/cycling path over the Serpentine Trunk Main and the inclusion of light rail between Curtin University and the Cannington train station.

The most divisive issue of the named remained Roe 8, which was triumphed by Councillor Ben Kunze, and strongly opposed by Councillor Christine Cunningham.

The recommendation was passed to simply note the controversial extension, which passed 10-to- one, with Cr Cunningham being the only member opposed.

All councillors, bar Cr Kunze voted to oppose the use of road use pricing in the form outlined in the State Government’s plan, arguing investigation in to its use was appropriate.

The councillors then voted to endorse the submission, compiled in conjunction based on advice gained from an external report compiled by Jacobs Consulting.

Further, council will submit a joint response to the Department of Transport with the Town of Victoria Park and the City of Perth to highlight common interest