A REFERENDUM with the potential to improve business growth and tourism in the Pinjarra Town Centre is being co-ordinated as part of the local government elections.
The Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation Referendum seeks to determine community support for the construction of a heavy haulage traffic bypass around the eastern side of the town centre and along Pinjarra-Williams Road to link in with South Western Highway.
The results will determine whether the Shire of Murray lobbies the State Government to fund and build the deviation.
Shire President Maree Reid said the road would exceed its capacity by 2023.
She said the deviation offered a number of benefits including improved vehicle and pedestrian safety in the town centre, increased opportunities to improve street scaping, reduced traffic congestion, and improved business growth and tourism potential.
The project would likely cost the State Government $27.5 million.
The referendum ballot paper will would be distributed with the election package to reach electors by October 6.
Three presentations will be held with a business presentation at Pinjarra Bowling and Recreation Club on Tuesday, September 19 from 5.15-7pm and public drop-in information sessions at the Lesser Hall, Pinjarra on Tuesday and Thursday, September 26 and 28 from 4-7pm.