Residents call for dual carriageway on Two Rocks Road

Two Rocks Road.
Two Rocks Road.

RESIDENTS are calling for Two Rocks Road to be widened to a dual carriageway.

Ed Whitchurch put forward the suggestion to address safety issues on the road at the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting on October 28.

Mr Whitchurch said a recent bushfire safety event highlighted the risks facing the Two Rocks community if there was a bushfire and the only evacuation route was via Two Rocks Road.

He said the risk of crashes could increase “if people are trying to leave en masse and the fire brigade is trying to come up the other way”.

“The only thing to do is to dual it – the dualling is intended at some stage,” he said.

Mr Whitchurch successfully put forward a motion “that the association strongly urges council and the City of Wanneroo to fast-track the construction and dualling of Two Rocks Road”.

He said that would solve several safety concerns, including at the Templetonia Boulevard roundabout, and for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Two Rocks resident said the speed limit should also be reduced from 90km/h to 80km/h to match Marmion Avenue.

Another resident Ranier Breitfeld suggested the limit on Breakwater Drive should also drop from the default 110km/h to 80km/h.

Community safety talk highlights CCTV 

City of Wanneroo community safety officer Beth Weston was guest speaker at the meeting, explaining initiatives such as mobile CCTV and the fixed camera network.

She also sought feedback on what the main security issues were in the area, with residents suggesting graffiti at Old Nursery Park, cars parking on footpaths and off-road bikes.

Ms Weston said people should always report incidents to the relevant authority, whether that was police, rangers or the Goodbye Graffiti website.

“Make sure that anyone who is posting it on social media, that they have also reported it,” she said.

In an update about the water tank murals, secretary Lorraine Jackson said community support has been great with several local businesses having copies of the petition for it that people could sign.

Ms Jackson said she would write to Water Corporation asking it to confirm whether the project could go ahead so the association could start applying for grants.

In her correspondence report, Ms Jackson discussed works underway to build paths to the bus stops on Two Rocks Road near Bethanie Beachside.

She said she wrote to Yanchep Beach Joint Venture on behalf of the association, raising concerns about shop and bank closures at Yanchep Central shopping centre.

Treasurer Janet Clutterbuck said Westpac’s decision to close its Yanchep branch on November 15 would affect the association’s banking, such depositing membership fees, which were due at the November 25 AGM.

Resident Peter Wimsett said it meant “another five jobs gone”.

Chairman Alex Figg provided the State Government report on Butler MLA John Quigley’s behalf, mentioning recent announcements such as school maintenance funding, tenancy law changes regarding furniture and the fauna bridge for the Yanchep rail extension.

“We are trying to think now as much as we can to minimise yet impact on the environment,” Mr Figg said.

He also read out the council report on behalf of re-elected Wanneroo councillor Natalie Sangalli, who was unable to attend the meeting.

Her report included confirmation there would ‘Yanchep’ entry signage installed on Marmion Avenue in early 2020 as part of landscaping works on the dual carriageway.

After residents were told in September that a dead tree at Charnwood Park would be retained as habitat for birds, Mr Whitchurch suggested the tree could be painted blue as part of the Blue Tree Project to promote mental health and encourage people to seek help.

TRYRA will hold its AGM at the Y-hub in Yanchep from 7pm on November 25, prior to the ordinary monthly meeting, and positions of vice-chairperson and secretary are up for election.

Membership fees for the year will remain $7 for individuals and $10 for a family.

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