Wanneroo Council adopts transport strategy to reduce car reliance

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A TRANSPORT strategy adopted by Wanneroo Council in late September aims to reduce reliance on cars and emissions.

“A key aim of the draft strategy is to mitigate climate change by reducing transport-related emissions associated with private car use,” a council report said.

The strategy said the City was “highly car dependent”, which led to challenges such as air pollution, increased costs and congestion.

“At present 93,000 cars travel in and out of the local government area for work in an average day – 80 per cent of the City’s working residents travel to work via car,” it said.

“Twenty-three per cent of residents driving to work from the City travel 30km or more.

“Driving this distance daily generates over two tonnes and f greenhouse gases a year.”

To address that, the strategy set out principles such as having place-based land use, pedestrian- first environments and prioritised cycle network.

Councillor Dot Newton welcomed the attention paid to pedestrians.

“Roundabouts are a nightmare for pedestrians,” she said.

“We need to look at how pedestrians are moving through our City.”

Other principles included having convenient public transport, an effective freight network, well-connected employment precincts and changes in travel behaviour and technology.

During public consultation, the City received two submissions, from the City of Swan and developer Peet.