Safe and sound solution?

Verge collection contractors Brad Fraser and Bob Hobbs collect a mattress for recycling. Picture: Marcus Whisson d401557
Verge collection contractors Brad Fraser and Bob Hobbs collect a mattress for recycling. Picture: Marcus Whisson d401557

Wanneroo City Council referred back a report on noise levels on the road bordering Merriwa and Butler at their May 28 meeting after RAAFA Merriwa Estate representatives gave a deputation.

Estate manager Linda Smith and residents’ committee president David Peet addressed elected members prior to their consideration of a report that recommended a sound barrier was not necessary.

The report said a transport noise assessment that measured noise levels outside the estate boundary and inside, from a resident’s courtyard, found they were at an acceptable level of between 8 and 14 decibels below the noise target.

Mrs Smith said residents were concerned about cars crashing onto their rooftops, which were lower than the road.

‘The drop if they had to go through the fence line is substantial,’ she said.

‘The road surface is quite substantially higher than the rooftop.

‘The vehicle is going to go flying through the air and land on one of our rooftops.’

Mr Peet asked if the council would at least consider armoured railings as a safety barrier so residents could feel secure that if any cars came off the road they would not end up crashing into their homes.

‘Most of us are getting too old to put up with these stupid people who want to convert public roads to public amusement parks,’ he said.

Cr Dianne Guise, who later successfully moved that the matter be referred back to administration, said she wanted to know how much armoured railings would cost.

The report said there was evidence of hoon activity on Lukin Drive and recommended channelisation improvements at the junction with Bradman Drive.

The speed limit on Lukin Drive between Marmion Avenue and Connolly Drive increased to 60km/h this year following a review.