City of Subiaco backs two-way conversions of Hay St and Roberts Rd

Hay Street in Subiaco.
Hay Street in Subiaco.

CHANGE is a two-way street in Subiaco.

The executive committee (comprised of all the council members) voted 11-1 on Tuesday March20 to recommend that council approve in principle the two-way conversions of Hay Street and Roberts Road, subject to the availability of funding.

The cost is estimated to come at $6 million dollars, and the mayor and chief executive have been authorised to negotiate with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) on the matter.

The motion was moved by Councillor Stephanie Stroud and seconded by Cr Julie Matheson, with an amendment added from Cr Jodi Mansfield to ensure the mayor would be involved in discussions.

Cr Matheson said the move had been on the cards for some time.

“It’s long overdue,” she said.

The officer’s report said the City had identified the need to return Hay Street and Roberts Road to their two-way function back in 2013, with the City planning for the project to commence in late 2018.

However, the development of the new Inner City College means the project has become a priority.

Chief executive Don Burnett said the City would start negotiations with the MRA at $6 million and work through the capacity of the council to contribute.

Cr Malcolm Mummery was against the motion, and said it was difficult in the sense there were a number of competing issues.

“Thomas Street is flat-out all day, right up until 7 or 8pm after starting up at 6am,” he said.

“There’s a much larger problem right where we’re emptying out traffic into.”

Mayor Penny Taylor said Subiaco wanted to use all the information at their disposal in regards to the roads, and like with the Montario Quarter, was encouraging the MRA to look at the big picture effect of changes.

The committee recommendation will come before council on Tuesday, March 27.

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