Planning Minister to consider Scarborough redevelopment road options

Liza Harvey
Planning Minister to consider Scarborough redevelopment road options
Liza Harvey

THE State Government agreed to consider alternatives to road extensions as part of Scarborough’s redevelopment just days after the City of Stirling delayed the handover of land for the proposed extensions.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher said she would carefully consider alternative options to the proposed roads if they met the objectives of the MRA’s Master Plan.

Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey said she would support an alternative if it addressed beachfront access issues.

On Tuesday, more than 150 protesters packed City of Stirling council chambers, where councillors decided to delay the handover of Scarborough land for proposed road extensions as part of the $75 million foreshore redevelopment.

Groups opposed to the road extensions through two Bush Forever sites booed and cheered as councillors debated the controversial item, dubbed a “land grab” by protest groups.

Councillor Karen Caddy presented a motion to ask the Planning Minister to defer the boundary changes proposed by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and explore other options in consultation with the City and community.

“It is important that feasible alternatives be explored and tested so that the council and the community can have the confidence that it is moving forward with the best option for Scarborough,” she said.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher said she would carefully consider alternative options to the proposed roads if they met the objectives of the MRA’s Master Plan.

“The proposed road extensions are part of a second phase of the redevelopment and will not impact on the works currently being delivered to revitalise the Scarborough foreshore,” she said.

“They will require further design, environmental and planning consideration, as well as further community consultation.”

Ms Faragher said the road extensions were included in the September 2015 Scarborough Master Plan, which City of Stirling approved at the time.

“The City of Stirling were involved in the master planning process, which considered a number of options for improving local traffic.”

Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey confirmed she would support an alternative to address beachfront access issues.

“Traffic congestion has been clearly recognised as an issue, which needs to be addressed, and while the current road reserves were identified in the council-approved master plan, I’d support an alternative should one be identified that addresses the beachfront access issues.

“I have discussed with the Planning Minister the need for ongoing comprehensive consultation between the MRA and the community, to ensure local residents and businesses continue to play an important role in the redevelopment and have all of their questions answered.”

Mrs Harvey said she believed the community “overwhelmingly” supported the redevelopment.