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.
The 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 indicative alignment of the road in the Activity Centre Plan depends on further studies and environmental approvals.
Opportunity to provide feedback to the Environment Protection Authority on the proposal for Southern Link Road until 16 December
As part of the 2017 Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) approved Activity Centre Plan for the Canning City Centre, we are proposing to construct a new section of Southern Link Road in Cannington. This will provide a key upgrade to the local road network with a direct north-south connection between Orrong Road and Albany Highway.
The proposed new road section has been narrowed to a minimum permissible road width to reduce as far as possible incursion within the Carousel Swamp.
Before this project can proceed environmental approvals are required.
The Environment Protection Authority is seeking feedback on the proposal for the road.
For further details visit https://www.epa.wa.gov.au/proposals/southern-link-road-stage-3
You can provide feedback until 16 December at: https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-on-referrals/southern-link-stage3/
If you have any questions regarding this project and the wider Canning City Centre, please contact Gary McCullough - Senior Project Leader, Canning City Centre or Angelika Limmarja - Senior Project Planner, Canning City Centre through here.