Ken Wyatt upset at intersection claims

Mr Wyatt said that in the article in the Gazette on April 8, it was suggested by Mr Price that little work had been done on the intersection of Woolworths Drive and Hale Road and that it should have been fixed a long time ago.

“In fact, I have been working on this issue since June 2014,” Mr Wyatt said.

Mr Wyatt said he had launched a “Fight for a Safer Intersection” campaign and spoke in Federal Parliament about upgrading the intersection that year.

“What was not conveyed in the article is that Woolworths Drive is privately owned and has changed ownership in the past two years,” he said.

“Since 2014 I have been in continuous contact with the owners and the Shire of Kalamunda, having met both parties at least five times to discuss preferred options.

“It needs to be clear that finding a solution to the intersection will require collaboration from the local government, the state government through Main Roads and the private owner.

“For the Labor Party to stand on the corner in question and claim they will fix this issue if they get re-elected is just plain lies.

“To ensure a safer intersection involves collaboration and communications between all parties which is what I have been facilitating.”

Mr Wyatt provided this timeline of the work he had done regarding the Hale Road- Woolworths Drive intersection:

June 2014

Spoke in Parliament about the Hale Road and Woolworths Drive intersection.

Survey launched after constituents expressed their concerns about pedestrian and driver safety.

Article in Kalamunda Reporter on the 24 June 2014: https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Businesses-seek-safer-intersection/7661511

August 2014

Met with Shire of Kalamunda and discussed Hale Road and Woolworths Drive intersection.

Problems and options discussed, indicated a further meeting including centre management to discuss progress.

September 2014

Roundtable held with Shire of Kalamunda and centre management of shopping centre.

Number of options canvassed with seagull access/egress preferred option.

Kalamunda Reporter attended meeting.

Follow-up article in Kalamunda Reporter.

February 2015

Forrestfield Marketplace changed ownership

July 2015

Shire of Kalamunda advised: “Discussions are still taking place with the director and

the possibility of a seagull design is being looked at. It is still a work in progress and

the CEO will ramp up discussions again, especially now with new management at the

centre.”

November 2015

Met with Shire of Kalamunda where it was discussed that Main Roads rejected the idea of traffic lights at the end of Woolworths Drive due to Strelitzia lights.

Comment was the project needs combined funding and “a great deal of preliminary work”.

December 2015

11/12/15 Shire of Kalamunda meeting

11/12/15 Centre Management meeting