At last week’s council meeting, discussion again focused on the contentious issue of whether the widening should stop at four or six lanes, with the audience and councillors believing six did not suit the best interest of Fremantle despite this being the preferred option of the Department of Transport.
Councillor Sam Wainwright said there were many reasons people were keen to keep it as a four-lane road and that there was no evidence six lanes were needed.
‘Main Roads are yet to provide us with evidence of a need for six lanes,’ he said.
‘For the city to say we don’t want a six lane road is a big middle finger to the State Government.’
Mayor Brad Pettitt said council had to stick to its past resolution that they would support the curve outlined in the safe systems approach.
‘Moving the goal posts paints the picture of a flaky council,’ he said.
‘We need to be consistent and it is an important point in terms of this council keeping its integrity.’
Dr Pettitt said a letter was to be drafted reinforcing the city’s position for a four-lane upgrade.