THE City of Wanneroo will further investigate options to address safety concerns at a Carramar intersection following a funding offer from the State Government.
A report by the City recommended installing traffic lights at the intersection of Cheriton and Joondalup drives but Main Roads did not support this and suggested a roundabout instead.
Mayor Tracey Roberts introduced an alternative recommendation at last week’s council meeting, noting Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles’ letter offering $200,000 from the Government to build the roundabout and requesting administration review options for the intersection and report back to council. It passed unanimously but several councillors, including Cr Brett Treby, said more information about the funding was needed.
“I am curious to see where the money is coming from given the Budget was already handed down,” he said.
He said Main Roads’ conditions for installing traffic lights, which requires an average of three or more casualty crashes a year occurring over a recent five-year period, were “inhuman and abhorrent”.
“I think it’s appalling that in order to get any justification from Main Roads, enough people have to go to hospital or die,” he said.
“I can’t see any logical person accepting that traffic lights are not needed (at the intersection).”
Cr Dianne Guise urged administration to ask Main Roads for its criteria for installing traffic lights at the entrance to Lake Joondalup Lifestyle Village on Wanneroo Road and how it could be applied to the Carramar site.
She also called the State Government offer “not quite generous enough” given the City estimated the roundabout to cost $1.2 million.