SHIRE of Mundaring Councillors held a Special Council meeting earlier this week to set a clear position on Main Roads' plans to clear vegetation on Great Eastern Highway (GEH) as part of its major safety upgrade.
The second stage of the upgrade is between Bilgoman and Kintore Road, spanning approximately 5.2km. The first stage of the project - between Kintore Road and Mann Street - was completed last month.
Councillors unanimously supported a motion on Monday night which stated that trees and other vegetation along the highway should not be removed until they and the community are made fully aware of the extent of the clearing. Any clearing of trees and vegetation should be kept to a minimum whilst allowing for safety outcomes.
They have also requested an urgent meeting with local state government members and representatives from Western Power and Main Roads WA to present Council's views on the clearing of vegetation along the highway. (Western Power is scheduled to commence street lighting works in Jan 2018).
Shire President John Daw said he recognised the need for the safety upgrade but he was also keen to see the impact to vegetation in the area minimised.
"I appreciate we need to make GEH as safe as possible but we need to know exactly what will be cleared to ensure this is minimised and so we can share this information with the community," he said.
"This is particularly important as the area in question is the main tree corridor entry for tourists and residents to feel the sense of space and sense of place that makes the Shire of Mundaring the place it is."
Main Roads' safety upgrade includes widening GEH to provide sealed shoulders, the construction of intersections with turning pockets, improved street lighting and sealed bus bays. The project will also deliver a separate shared use path from Mann Street to Kintore Road and new road markings.
For more details, go to Main Roads WA website at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or click here for direct access to project information.