Funding shortfall on council roads

City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert.
City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert.

The Local Road Crash Report analysed the number of crashes on Perth roads from 2003-2012, identifying whether they occurred on State or local controlled roads.

Within the City of Bayswater during that period, 5022 crashes occurred at intersections on local government controlled roads.

In the same time, 667 crashes occurred at intersections on Town of Bassendean controlled roads.

In both local councils, more than 60 per cent of crashes occurred on local roads, the majority of which were at right angle turns.

In that time, 39 people were killed or seriously injured on Bassendean and Bayswater local roads in comparison to 28 on State controlled roads.

City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Albert said the number of accidents on local roads was not surprising considering that councils controlled 88 per cent of the State’s road network.

‘The City is constantly addressing areas where improvements can be made,’ he said.

‘These include traffic lights in conjunction with Main Roads WA and bordering councils. The City is currently undergoing a city-wide traffic management study, which will also consider many of the local traffic issues.’

Cr Albert said the City had spent about $1.1 million on road improvements in the last five years including at the intersections of Whatley Crescent and Garratt Road, and Walter Road and Wellington Road.

Town of Bassendean chief executive Bob Jarvis said the Town was investing $1.1 million in road capital projects and maintenance this financial year

‘The Town monitors accident rates at intersections and considers options for intervention and funding associated with these interventions,’ he said. ‘Where appropriate, the Town seeks funding through appropriate State and Federal funding or internal funding if within budget.’

WALGA president Troy Pickard said the report highlighted the urgent need for more funding for local road projects.

‘The report is designed to assist local governments to better understand the safety issues on their roads and help prioritise available funds for the most critical issues,’ he said.

‘The report provides, for the first time ever, a detailed picture of the number of people killed or seriously injured on the local road network.’

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