What’s being proposed?
An important project within the Canning City Centre is the construction of the road that links Liege St from Albany Highway to Gerard Street. The importance of the traffic link is demonstrated in the Movement Access and Parking Strategy (Jacobs, 2015).
Stage 2 (Road extension from Liege St to Grey St).
The recently completed road will provide a safer route for motorists in and around the area adjacent to Bunnings, Greyhounds WA, Baseball WA and the southern entry points to Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre. It will also accommodate improved cycling and pedestrian movements from surrounding residential areas. The road is open.
The next phase – Stage 3
A future road extension from Grey St to Gerard St will provide a strong north-south link between Albany Highway and the north side of the railway line. The future extension is subject to environmental approvals.
The approved (2017) Activity Centre Plan has changed from its first draft some years ago.
The City’s Activity Centre Plan still envisions the Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) as one of its main natural features. It forms the Conservation Precinct. Currently, the wetlands are fenced-off and managed by the landowner. Once the road is built, the City is proposing to manage the TEC to improve the quality of the site and increase environmental asset to the area.
Tthe alignment of Southern link Road has been modified to reduce the impact on the existing vegetation. Its alignment has moved from being a straight line to a curved design which impacts much less on the TEC site, land and vegetation. The width has also been reduced as much as possible to further reduce the impact. The proposed alignment now goes through mostly degraded vegetation.
The road will form a barrier to people, to development, to stormwater run-off and protect vegetation. The City recognises the Precinct is not suitable for any additional uses or development. These areas are important environmental assets and will be made accessible through sensitive planning and location of paths, low-key fences and boardwalks if supported with approval from the relevant authorities.
Inside the TEC boundaries, no development (other than for the purposes of enhancing these assets) will be allowed. Structures such as viewing platforms, walkways may be supported with approval from the relevant authorities. Development outside the TEC boundary is subject to approval by the relevant authorities.
Due to the environmental importance of the TEC and current condition of native vegetation, the City has been liaising with and the relevant environmental agencies along the past years and has been undertaking the relevant environmental studies to determine the environment impact of Stage 3 which will link Liege St and Grey St to Gerard St. The City understands the community interest on the site and will be sharing the environmental studies at an early convenience.
The indicative alignment of the road in the Activity Centre Plan depends on further studies and environmental approvals.
Gary McCullough | Senior Project Leader | Canning City Centre
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Angelika Limmarja | Senior Project Planner | Canning City Centre
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