EAST Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden has reassured concerned West Swan Road residents she too was against a proposed pipeline to be laid along the tourist route between Reid Highway and Gnangara Road.
Ms Hayden echoed the comments of Planning Minister Donna Faragher that an alternative route would be sought for the Northern Services Corridor under the strategic conservation plan of the Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan.
She met Swan Valley residents, landowners, growers and tourism operators worried by the Water Corporation’s intention to resume its power, water and wastewater plan at a strip of land along West Swan Road.
“I strongly support the apprehensions of the Swan Valley community and believe that such a route would be economically disastrous for all concerned,” Ms Hayden said.
“It seems to be in complete contrast to the draft 2015 Swan Valley Development Plan that was also recently released.
“If the proposed Northern Services Corridor along West Swan Road was adopted, it would severely effect landowners and the major tourism zones identified in the draft plan.”
Ms Hayden urged Ms Faragher to give serious consideration to alternative routes to lessen any economic impact on the Swan Valley.
“Utilising alternate routes such as Henley Brook Avenue and the easement set aside on the eastern side of Whiteman Park along Lord Street for the initial Perth to Darwin Highway must be thoroughly investigated as preferred courses, not West Swan Road,” she said.
She said she had also asked the Government to hold a meeting with local residents.