City of Melville steps up pro-Roe campaign in new video

Leach Hwy and North Lake Rd intersection.
Leach Hwy and Stock Rd intersection.
Leach Hwy and North Lake Rd intersection. Leach Hwy and Stock Rd intersection.

CITY of Melville has stepped up its pro-Roe campaign, releasing a series of images depicting large swathes of homes and businesses that might be affected by upgrades to two major Leach Highway intersections.

The images are supported by a dramatic video featuring Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey who warns residents will be “directly and profoundly impacted” if the Perth Freight Link is not completed.

The visuals were produced independently by the City of Melville and have not been assessed by Main Roads WA or the Department of Transport.

They are based on the grade separation constructed at the intersection of Leach Highway and Orrong Road, which has been overlaid on the intersections where Leach Highway meets North Lake and Stock roads.

“Alarmingly, the upgrades at these intersections are only two among 20 major road upgrades, costing $823 million plus the value of any land purchase and required compulsory land acquisitions, that will be needed throughout the region without Roe Highway,” Mr Aubrey said.

“The upgrades were identified in the independent Greg Martin Transport Strategies Report commissioned by the South West Group which includes Melville, Cockburn and Fremantle.”

The City claims the upgrade of the Leach Highway and North Lake Road intersection would result in potential significant impacts on or closure of businesses including Bunnings, Titan Ford, Melville Hyundai, Melville Toyota and destruction of a significant proportion of public open space at the Robert Street Park.

It said the upgrade of the Leach Highway and Stock Road intersection would result in potential significant impacts on or closure of businesses including Woolworths, Dorsogna, Department of Transport offices, small businesses and food outlets in the area, and destruction of much of the public open space at Bill Sheehy and Lou Stonham Parks.