Labor commits to North Perth pedestrian crossings


Carr Street resident Patti Fritz and John Carey at one of the proposed sites. Picture: Giovanni Torre
Carr Street resident Patti Fritz and John Carey at one of the proposed sites. Picture: Giovanni Torre

NORTH Perth will have six new traffic-light pedestrian crossings by 2020 if Labor forms government, Perth candidate John Carey has announced.

Mr Carey, formerly the Mayor of Vincent, told Guardian Express that pedestrian safety had always been a key issue for him.

“I am passionate about making the inner city safe for pedestrians, for parents walking with their kids, and for seniors too, who often rely on walking and public transport,” he said.

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“We are a corridor into the city and there are a lot of drivers rat-running and speeding through. This is about making the inner city safe and liveable.”

Mr Carey committed to $600,000 of State funding for three crossings, on Vincent Street opposite Beatty Park, Fitzgerald Street near Woodville Reserve, and Charles Street near Kyilla Primary School.

He said local parents had campaigned strongly for the Beatty Park crossing and that the crossing at Kyilla Primary would provide a permanent safe crossing point.

Sarah Gazia, who campaigned for the Beatty Park crossing, said it was important for the community.

“The crossing is really important for the residential area south of Vincent Street; it basically opens that area up to the rest of Vincent and allows residents and visitors to walk or cycle through the rest of the City,” she said.

Perth MLA Eleni Evangel has previously advocated the installation of a safe pedestrian crossing on Fitzgerald Street near Woodville Reserve.

The three new crossings will come in addition to three already in Vincent’s budget – at Bulwer and William, Vincent and Fitzgerald, and Loftus and Bourke – fully funded by the City.