Wellard residents fed up with hoons

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby with Wellard residents concerned about hoons.
This house in Wellard has a smashed-in brick wall.
Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby with Wellard residents concerned about hoons. This house in Wellard has a smashed-in brick wall.

A MAJOR hooning incident on a Wellard street has angered locals who had asked for help from the City of Kwinana years earlier.

A black Mercedes crashed into the rear brick wall of a Crystal Terrace home as its driver allegedly tried to evade police on Wednesday, January 29.

Keith and Kelly Strachan said it was only a matter of time before someone was hit.

“I myself nearly got wiped out cleaning the car on the driveway one day,” Mr Strachan said.

The couple said they bought into the estate on the premise that the road would be closed from the busy Johnson Road.

“We would never have bought here if we knew that – yet the sales person from Cedar Woods assured us it would remain a closed street,” Mr Strachan said.

Resident Jennifer McAlpine feared for her baby.

“I had to change the layout of my room so she no longer sleeps near the front window,’ she said.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said families should not have to live on a drag strip and solutions included chicanes, islands or redesigning traffic flow.

“A letter will be going to Mayor Carol Adams on Tuesday (January 29) calling for urgent action to avoid a tragedy,” he said.

“It’s not Kwinana Motorplex – it’s a narrow suburban street packed with young families and kids.

“I share residents’ concern that unless action is taken it could end in tragedy. It was bad several years ago but it’s only gotten worse – population growth has meant more traffic, more speeders and more hooning.”

Cr Adams confirmed the City received complaints in 2016.

“As a result, the City undertook traffic surveys in the area that demonstrated that the operating speed of traffic was 45km/h,” she said.

“The City conducted further traffic surveys of the street in 2017 and 2018 and the results of these surveys were operating speeds of 47km/h and 38km/h.

“Although most of the traffic through the area was respecting the 50km/h speed limit, a small portion of traffic was exceeding this limit.

“As a result, the City’s engineering team have allocated funds for the implementation of traffic calming devices on Crystal Terrace and the adjacent Bronzite Lane for the financial year 2019-20.”

Cedar Woods did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.