Accident threat in Nollamara rat run


Nollamara residents with East Metropolitan MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson and City of Stirling councillor David Boothman.
Nollamara residents with East Metropolitan MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson and City of Stirling councillor David Boothman.

The roads are often used as a ‘rat run’ to avoid congestion on Morley Drive and Wanneroo Road, which has led to a high volume of traffic and speeding on suburban streets.

Community members gathered to sign a petition last week to urge the City of Stirling to install traffic calming measures along the streets.

Woodchester Road resident Gavin Demello said he was concerned about children walking on the roads, particularly outside local schools and sporting clubs.

“There’s a lot of hooning and excessive traffic… our street and Hillsborough Avenue are the main bypass arteries to get from Morley Drive to Wanneroo Road,” he said.

“Our neighbour’s dog got run over on our street two weeks ago – someone was speeding.

“If the dog hadn’t stepped out first, the elderly gentleman would have been hit – the car didn’t even stop.”

Mr Demello, who has a young family, said he wanted speed bumps or speed signs installed.

East Metropolitan MLC Amber-Jade Sanderson said that she had received a “flood” of emails and phone calls from local residents concerned about cars speeding on the streets.

“They don’t have traffic calming measures or speed signs and cars just fly down there to cut out the lights,” Ms Sanderson said.

“There are a range of things we could do… there needs to be something in place and something soon.”

Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said traffic surveys for Woodchester Road and Hillsborough Avenue were completed in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

“Based on the traffic and crash data available, Woodchester Road would unfortunately be considered a low priority for traffic or speed management measures at this stage,” Mr Giamov said.

“However, a similar assessment for Hillsborough Avenue has indicated that there is justification for some form of traffic calming scheme, and this project (will be considered) in future budgets.

“The specific type of treatment that will be designed and constructed has not yet been determined, but any proposal would be subject to a consultation period with directly affected residents.”

Ms Sanderson said it was great that one of the streets had been acknowledged as an issue “but until it’s in the budget it’s not going to happen.”