Willagee MLA spearheading push for more parking and pedestrian crossing at Carawatha Park


Carly and Melissa Simpson with Lilah Tucker (2) and Marlo Martelli (3). Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d472666
Carly and Melissa Simpson with Lilah Tucker (2) and Marlo Martelli (3). Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d472666

WILLAGEE MLA Peter Tinley is spearheading a push for more parking at Carawatha Park and a safer Archibald Street pedestrian crossing.

Mr Tinley said the busy park on the site of the old Carawatha Primary School attracted a large numbers of visitors, including families with young children and older generations.

“There is simply not enough satisfactory provision for pedestrians to cross the road safely,” he said.

“I have had several constituents raise their concerns with having to ‘jump the kerb’ with prams, children and coffees in hand.”

Mr Tinley said the nearby Little Olive Leaf Cafe had become a popular spot for visitors to the park but pedestrians were having to dash across busy Archibald Street to use limited parking and the cafe.

Little Olive Leaf Cafe co-owner Melissa Simpson said Archibald Street was a thoroughfare for the area.

“A lot of people come to the park mid-morning for a coffee and play with their toddlers and it can be really busy at those times,” she said.

“There have been a couple of incidents where people have had a scare trying to get up and down the pavement.”

Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said installing a pedestrian crossing near the cafe would be investigated as part of the development of the empty site next to Carawatha Park.

“For now, the safest place to cross the road is at the pedestrian crossing across Archibald Street near Stacey Street, which has the appropriate ramps,” Dr Silcox said.

“At the request of the City, Main Roads WA has also installed pedestrian warning signs on Archibald Street on the approaches to Carawatha Park to help alert motorists to increased pedestrian traffic in the area.

Dr Silcox said extra on-street parking on Stacey Street had already been designed and was scheduled for construction in May 2018.

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