Greens (WA) MLC for the South West, Diane Evers, has urged Bunbury region residents to provide feedback on the Bunbury Outer Ring Road (BORR) project.
The BORR is a key infrastructure project aimed at providing an alternative route for freight and general traffic around Bunbury.
Ms Evers said the BORR consists of three sections: the northern section between Forrest Highway and Boyanup Picton Road; the central section, which was completed in 2013 and connects Boyanup Picton Road and South Western Highway; and the southern section between South Western Highway and Bussell Highway.
“The preferred route for this section was chosen decades ago, before the area developed to its current stage,” Ms Evers said.
“Today, if that route is adhered to, it will bisect the Capel Shire community of Gelorup.
“Locals have approached me to say that splitting Gelorup with a dual lane highway straight through their community would cause serious environmental damage, destroying the habitat of the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum, clearing large areas of forest, as well as causing considerable noise and disruption to closely positioned homes.”
Ms Evers said a better option would be to extend the BORR route further south to provide a ring road that would last for decades. She said the current proposed option at Gelorup goes through a developed area and will require a further outer ring road within years.
“According to the Main Roads website, an alternate route is being reviewed as it is required by the EPA,” she said.
“But this does not yet appear to be a serious consideration. With strong pressure from the community, maybe we can construct a longer term solution.”
Ms Evers said it was vital that the community urged the Main Roads Department to consider all possible options to produce the best possible outcome for the community.
She called on interested residents to attend the series of community information sessions about the progress of the project, being held by the Department within the next two weeks.
They will be held at:
- Eaton Sports Club, Wednesday Oct 24, 4.30-7.30pm
- Leschenault Leisure Centre, Thursday October 25, 4.30-7.30pm
- Bunbury RSL, Tuesday October 30, 4.30-7.30pm
- Gelorup Community Hall, Wednesday October 31, 4.30-7.30pm