STOPPED buses will no longer block Stirling Highway if the State Government funds a proposal for a pull-in bay in the Claremont Park Masterplan that does have council-funded paths and a playground.
“Having the cycling and walking paths connecting the schools, and being part of a wider cycling plan, will encourage more people to not use cars,” councillor Jill Goetze said.
Buses that stop for passengers currently partially block the highway’s inside lane.
However, any bay for the public transport is part of the plan’s second stage not funded by the council, and its construction depends on future State Government decisions.
The second stage also has a potential Department of Transport-funded 160m bike path to connect the town’s centre with UWA.
An initial master plan was adopted in 2013 so the park complemented the council’s new headquarters at the corner of the highway and the southern section of Bayview Terrace.
After a new public toilet was built near the highway bus stop, it was agreed to review a former master plan because the War Memorial at the corner was not going to be moved to a new location in the park.
Last month, councillors agreed to fund the plan’s two-part first stage in 2017-18.
Council will spend $73,991 on a 190m path from Bernard Street to Freshwater Bay Primary School, a 100m deviation path and a new vehicle entry from Bayview Terrace.
In 2018-19, a $261,000 will pay for improvements including a new adventure playground near the kindergarten on the eats side of the park, barbecues and shelters, a path from the new toilet to the Meals on Wheels headquarters at the east side of the park, lights benches, bins and irrigation.
“The playground will provide better facilities for the kindergarten, the primary school and residents,” Cr Goetze said.