COLLIER Road businesses could be relieved from “chaos” after Bayswater council approved the retention of their addresses, after they were not notified about plans to rename 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.
At the August 22 council meeting, council approved to keep the Collier Road name for existing sections of Collier Road and the northern section of Wright Street, naming the new section of the road between Wright and Grey streets as Collier Link and naming the northern portion of Spencer Street to Seal Street.
The names will be advertised for public comment and if there is no objection the road names will be forwarded to Landgate for approval.
Councillor Sally Palmer said councillors, City staff, Landgate and NorthLink WA met with 15 businesses on August 14 where businesses were all unanimous on keeping the name Collier Road.
“There are no businesses on Spencer Street but I must say keeping Collier Road is of a vital importance,” she said.
Cr Chris Cornish thanked councillors for using their wisdom because it would have caused “chaos” for affected business owners.
Mayor Barry McKenna said Landgate revealed keeping the name was not as much of a “hurdle” as previously expected.
A Landgate spokeswoman said when Landgate received an application from the City it would refer it to the Geographic Names Committee for consideration.
Main Roads WA spokesman Dean Roberts said the responsibility for naming of local roads fell to the City of Bayswater and Main Roads had no influence over approval of the new name.
“Once changes to the name have been approved/agreed on, Main Roads will be responsible for updating the relevant signage,” he said.