Group slams road plans

ARRAN MORTONSound Telegraph

A new road which could cater for increased traffic if the proposed Mangles Bay Marina development goes ahead will have devastating effects on flora and fauna at Lake Richmond, according to Preserve Point Peron chairman Bob Goodale.

Mr Goodale said the group believed Garden Island Highway could be connected to Boundary Road, via a Shoalwater residential area, in the future — revisiting plans that were scrapped more than 10 years ago.

He claimed plans for the road had reappeared on City of Rockingham planning documents in December, reigniting concerns for protected thrombolites and environmentally significant sedge lands.

Mr Goodale said it was feared a new roundabout recently installed at the corner of Safety Bay Road and Boundary Road indicated the imminent building of the connecting road.

“There were initially plans to build a freeway and railway line at either side of Lake Richmond, but these were scrapped citing environmental concerns more than 20 years ago,” he said.

“But the council have recently realised they better look at the road system, which is already woefully inadequate for naval base traffic, let alone thousands more tourist vehicles.”

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said recent roundabout works at Safety Bay Road were unrelated to the Mangles Bay Marina Project and there had been no proposal to extend Garden Island Highway.

“While the Metropolitan Region Scheme provides for the westward extension of the Garden Island Highway Regional Road Reservation, there is currently no proposal to extend the Garden Island Highway,” he said.

Mr Goodale said Preserve Point Peron members had written to various authorities, including State and Federal environment ministers, to appeal for an overturn of the marina’s conditional approval, granted by the Environmental Protection Authority last year.

Group member James Mumme said run-off and drainage systems required to sustain a connecting road would have an adverse effect on Lake Richmond.

Cr Sammels said environmental impacts would be taken into consideration should the highway be extended adjacent to Lake Richmond in future.

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