Guildford Road to Ruin group delivers petition against road widening to Parliament House


Steve Baker, Sue Golden, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman, Graeme Reany, Kate Thomson and Matthew Ford. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare
Steve Baker, Sue Golden, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman, Graeme Reany, Kate Thomson and Matthew Ford. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare

A PETITION to scrap plans to widen Guildford Road – 2000 signatures strong – was delivered to Parliament House this week.

The Guildford Road to Ruin handed over a petition with 2686 signatures in opposition of the WA Planning Commission’s (WAPC) proposed scheme amendment to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman.

The petition was expected to be tabled soon in the Legislative Council.

Maylands, Bayswater and Mt Lawley residents raised concerns last year over a proposal to widen the road up to 10m to make way for bus queue jumps, cycle lanes and a median strip, which would cut into verges, front yards and buildings.

Last month newly appointed Planning Minister Rita Saffioti announced the Government would “fast-track” the looming Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment from East Parade to Tonkin Highway.

Guildford Road to Ruin founder Graeme Reany said it had been 152 days since residents received a letter notifying them of the proposed widening, 138 since now-Planning Minister Rita Saffioti pledged to stop the proposal and 74 days since the election.

Ms Baker said she was proud of community for its campaigning.

The WAPC is expected to present its recommendation to Ms Saffioti shortly.

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