Bypass cuts through

Frances Taylor at her Ellenbrook Stud Farm in Bullsbrook, which will be dissected by the Perth-Darwin Highway.
Frances Taylor at her Ellenbrook Stud Farm in Bullsbrook, which will be dissected by the Perth-Darwin Highway.

Main Roads has started discussions with landowners from Bullsbrook to Muchea as part of its ongoing compensation program.

Because the final design of the highway is yet to be confirmed, some landowners are still unsure whether they will be giving up property.

But a series of community meetings with Main Roads representatives starting today will answer questions and provide opportunities for community input.

A spokesman for Main Roads said discussions with some landowners had started several years ago.

‘Main Roads has liaised closely with affected land-owners for several years, particularly in the area north of Maralla Road, to discuss the location of the road alignment in relation to their properties and to determine how to minimise the impact where possible,’ he said.

‘Main Roads would only remove homes if absolutely necessary. At this stage, one home needs to be removed and possibly another, but this is yet to be finalised.’

A total value of compensation is currently unavailable due to the ongoing landowner negotiations.

Bullsbrook resident Fran-ces Taylor lives on Sawpit Road, 10km south-east of the town centre, and more than a year ago discovered the highway would need 1.4 hectares of her property.

Ms Taylor plans to stay at her property once the highway is built and said the benefits of the major project would far outweigh any encumbrances.

‘Despite the highway cutting through the middle of aquaculture dams and blocking my access to miles and miles of bush tracks, where I ride my horses, I consider the improvement to our safety on our local roads and economic progress for the community as a whole by far outweighs the inconvenience caused to us as individuals,’ she said.

‘The compensation proc-ess has been fair. As land- owners, we are given the opportunity in the process to present discussion on how we should be compensated and any issues we have.

‘If our negotiations are not in agreeance, we are given the opportunity to present two quotations from valuers of our choice and Main Roads will pay for the lower of the quotations so that another valuation can be done.’

Main Roads expects construction to commence mid-2016.