Residents back pole barrier at Lukin Drive

Newly installed pine bollards on Lukin Drive.
Newly installed pine bollards on Lukin Drive.

PINE bollards have been hammered into the ground along Lukin Drive, a ‘bonus’ for retirees whose properties back the road.

RAAFA Estate Merriwa residents lodged a petition with the City of Wanneroo in 2011 to build a sound barrier.

That was knocked back and last September the Times reported the council decided not to build a crash barrier but instead investigate installing pine bollards.

‘We initially tried for a sound barrier and we were not successful,’ resident David Peet said.

‘Whatever we’ve got is a bonus.’

He and other estate representatives have attended several council meetings since 2011 to voice concerns about cars travelling on Lukin Drive, where some houses stand so low their roofs are level with the street.

After a traffic survey found most vehicles exceeded the 50km/h speed limit, the City asked Main Roads WA to review the limit, which it subsequently increased to 60km/h.

Mr Peet said that solved the problem of speeding, but did not allay residents’ concerns.

‘That’s why I changed tack and went for a safety barrier,’ he said.

‘Once the rail station opens (in Butler) I think we will get an increased traffic flow coming from the western side of Marmion, turning down Lukin Drive and turning into Connolly Drive.

‘We still get the speeders and still get the people doing the burnouts on Lukin Drive.’

The council also approved channelisation changes to the junction of Bradman and Lukin drives, listing $10,000 for consideration in the 10-year capital works program.