City of Fremantle endorses High Street-Stirling Highway upgrade

Truck and cars mix at the Stirling Highway-High Street intersection. Picture Jon Bassett
Truck and cars mix at the Stirling Highway-High Street intersection. Picture Jon Bassett

THE City of Fremantle has endorsed the High Street-Stirling Highway upgrade.

At the centre of the State Government plan is a roundabout at the intersection with Stirling Highway, as well as a widening of the High Street median strip to separate traffic and trees.

Following extensive community consultation, underpasses under High Street and Stirling Highway were added to the revised plan to improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists.

Officer recommended that the Council endorse the plan if objectives surrounding the golf course were considered.

The report recommended: “minimum or managed impact on Booyembara Park, retain 9 holes and par 34 at the public golf course and financial contribution for any buildings and or facilities to be replaced.”

An amendment was made by Cr Jon Strachen to “require that a State Government agree in principle to a transfer of an area of MRWA freehold and reserve land at Clontarf Hill to an A class reserve to offset the loss of A Class and C Class reserves as a result of the project.”

Mayor Brad Pettitt read out a statement from Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk who said the State Government was supportive of the idea and willing to take it forward.

Deputy mayor Ingrid Waltham said the meeting was a momentous occasion.

“Through this process we have some really good outcomes … not withstanding that there is a long way to go to work out the details, but this really marks a milestone,” she said.

Main Roads is still in the concept design phase.

The tender phase is expected to run from January to March 2019.

State Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, said the long-slated upgrade, which was thrown off course by Perth Freight debacle, was well overdue.

 

“This upgrade has been a long time coming. Most residents I’ve spoken with are glad to see us getting on with the job.

 

“The City of Freo and Main Roads have done a great job incorporating the community’s feedback into the design.

 

“With a new local road, underpasses on Stirling Hwy and High St and parking for the netball courts, the upgrade should enhance local amenity and better connect the Gibson Park precinct.”