Residents nominate to join reference group

Main Roads WA invited residents from Joondalup, Currambine, Kinross, Clarkson, Merriwa, Ridgewood, Butler and Alkimos to nominate for the non-decision-making group, which will give input to the preliminary design of the extension to Hester Avenue.

Project director Chris Raykos said the department had received 17 nominations by Tuesday, with the initial deadline of June 14 extended to yesterday, June 19.

‘The community reference group (CRG) will have input to the concept design for the Mitchell Freeway extension (approximately 6km) from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue,’ Mr Raykos said.

He said it differed from the community working group (CWG), which included elected representatives and local government chief executives, and had developed the strategic business case last year.

‘While the new CRG will include some CWG representatives, by nomination, the advertising process is intended to bring in more grass roots representation from the project area, i.e. residents from those suburbs bordering the freeway alignment,’ Mr Raykos said.

The project director said they hoped to finalise the group by the end of June and hold the first meeting in mid to late July.

‘The project is progressing on time,’ he said.

He added that various activities, such as environmental (flora and fauna) studies and assessments, survey ground model to base concept designs on, geotechnical investigations, land requirement investigations, and identification of services affected by the freeway extension are under way or about to begin.