Hamersley residents seek sound solution: Reid Highway Duplication Project

Ann Blunden, Chris Hatton and Rolanda Geneff near Reid Highway.   Picture: David Baylis         www.communitypix.com.au   d443256
Ann Blunden, Chris Hatton and Rolanda Geneff near Reid Highway. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d443256

A GROUP of Hamersley residents are concerned their privacy has not been considered in the $108 million Reid Highway Duplication Project.

The group is pushing Main Roads WA for noise and privacy mitigation along a section of Reid Highway from Erindale Road to Mitchell Freeway.

Group representative Ann Blunden said the topography of the land added to the issue as the area was lower than Reid Highway.

“Residents can see vehicles travelling along Reid Highway from their back yard and surrounding streets,” Ms Blunden said.

Ms Blunden said Main Roads removed established vegetation on the northern side of Reid Highway, affecting the privacy of residences on Dutton Crescent.

“Home owners of affected residences along Reid Highway want their privacy immediately restored so that they and their children can enjoy their back yard,” she said.

“Residents said they want to be able to access their backyards, hang washing on the line and swim in their pools in summer without being in full view of passing drivers.

“To date, Main Roads has only offered vegetation for privacy, despite many complaints from residents about noise.”

A Main Roads spokeswoman said Main Roads had received three complaints about noise and privacy screening in the area.

“Noise modelling indicates that noise walls are not required north of Reid Highway between Mitchell Freeway and Erindale Road as noise levels in this area meet the noise mitigation requirements as set by the WA Planning Commission,” she said.

The spokeswoman said privacy of residents was a key consideration on all Main Roads projects.

“Main Roads and its contractor are currently consulting with the community over a number of options to determine suitable screening and privacy requirements for a number of impacted residents,” she said.

Main Roads held independent noise modelling of the area and cleared vegetation in May.

Balcatta MLA Chris Hatton said although he supported the Reid Highway project, he would stand with the community. Mr Hatton tabled a 78-signature petition outlining the concerns of residents to State Parliament last Thursday morning.