Growth sparks ‘rat run’ fears around Swan View and Stratton

Steve Wainwright of Stratton, Peet representative for the Stratton Community Association Jean Wainwright, association member Troy Condo and Jon Kaub of Swan View. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d446734
Steve Wainwright of Stratton, Peet representative for the Stratton Community Association Jean Wainwright, association member Troy Condo and Jon Kaub of Swan View. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d446734

THE population is set to skyrocket in the north-east of Perth, and the latest models and land sales have residents concerned that the roads around Swan View and Stratton will become rat runs.

The Stratton Community Association has conducted meetings to discuss the proposal from land developer Peet, which the company says is aimed at the north-east of the suburb.

Residents from Jane Brook, Midvale and Stratton said they raised questions about traffic, planning, landscaping, the environment, engineering and community.

Traffic was the biggest concern for all who attended the meeting, particularly the movement of traffic through Stratton.

“We don’t feel that the roads can cope with this congestion,” Stratton Community Association president Travis Muir said.

Government planning is under way to accommodate 450,500 people in Perth’s north-east by 2050, which will more than double the current population.

Planning Minister John Day said Perth and Peel@3.5million had identified enough land to meet the expected demand for homes and jobs in the sub-region.

The draft plan incorporates the City of Swan and the shires of Mundaring and Kalamunda.

“More than 60 per cent of the total population in the north-east will be accommodated in the City of Swan,” Mr Day said.

“The majority of the future development will occur on land already zoned urban, including Caversham, Brabham, Dayton and Ellenbrook, as well as Gidgegannup, Stoneville and Parkerville.

“Smaller areas at Bullsbrook, Midvale, Forrestfield, Stratton and Hazelmere have also been identified.

“There will be a rounding-off of some proposed urban expansion areas including Kalamunda, Kiara, Wattle Grove, South Guildford and Henley Brook and an urban investigation area identified at Lexia, west of Ellenbrook.”

The number of jobs in the north-east was expected to jump to almost 190,000 by 2050 due to strong new and existing industrial centres, robust transport infrastructure and proximity to major employment nodes such as Perth Airport, Mr Day said.

“Key employment areas will include the well-established centre at Midland; an emerging centre at Ellenbrook; the industrial hubs at Malaga, Forrestfield and Hazelmere; and attractions such as the Swan Valley,” he said.

“Proposed future industrial development at sites in Bullsbrook will also generate employment.”

He said road and rail infrastructure would play a key role in the sub-region’s economic future.

Resident Robert Gardiner said he had only two viable options to exit his suburb at the moment – Morrison Road or Toodyay Road.

“At peak times the intersections at Morrison and Farrell, Lewis Jones Cross and Toodyay, Morrison and Roe, and Toodyay and Roe are very congested,” he said.

“The fact the lights at Toodyay Road and Roe Highway are not synchronised with the rail crossing adds to the congestion, with cars being given a green light they can not proceed on while others are stopped at a red light for no reason.”

The City of Swan has already received a planning application for land either side of Farrell Road, north of Morrison Road, extending to the railway crossing on Farrell Road bound by Reid Highway.

Residents such as Jon Kaub from Swan View say in addition to the proposals for high-density living, traffic issues will become unmanageable for commuters.

“This is not really acceptable for commuters,” he said.

Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said the intersection upgrade at Farrell and Morrison roads was overdue.

“It is estimated the works will be completed in December.

“They include the relocating of the traffic lights, turning arrows, street lighting, signage, road markings and modification of kerbs and footpaths,” she said.

Ms Roberts said Main Roads was due to commence the works on November 12 and once those works were completed the intersection modification would commence with earthworks.

City of Swan acting chief executive Colin Cameron said the work commenced on November 10.

He said the work was being split into two stages.

“The MRWA is responsible for relocating the existing traffic lights and associated vehicle sensor loops.

“Once this is completed, City of Swan’s contractor will commence the earthwork for intersection modification which consists of realigning the pedestrian crossing, construction of footpath and pram ramps on all four corners of the intersection.

“While these two stages are being undertaken, Western Power is scheduled to come in and install additional street lighting.

“The project is anticipated to be completed by mid-December 2015,” Mr Cameron said.

Mr Cameron said the work was being conducted to improve safety at an intersection where there had been 33 reported crashes including nine fatalities between 2008-2012.