Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

    Second road access options identified for the South-West

    11/12/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Alternative road access options identified for South-West coastal communities
    • New roads would provide evacuation routes in future bushfire events
    • State Govt approves further development of secondary road access options
    Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the State Government has identified options for second access roads to Gracetown and Prevelly and will conduct more detailed investigations into establishing the roads.
     
    “Following the devastating Margaret River bushfires of November 2011, concerns were raised by residents in communities of Gracetown, Prevelly Park and Yallingup, over the safety of residents and visitors to the area in the event of the single access roads serving each community, being closed in an emergency,” Mr Buswell said.
     
    “In response to these concerns, the State Government established a joint community and Government working group, chaired by Main Roads WA, to investigate options of a second sealed road to these communities.
     
    “The working group has completed its report and identified a number of options which the State Government has recommended more detailed consultation, environmental and engineering assessments to be carried out.
     
    “These investigations will build on the work already delivered by the joint community-Government working group.
     
    “The second access options are designed to provide alternative roads to assist people evacuating an area in the event of future bushfire emergencies.”
     
    The more detailed investigation will determine the viability of the options and identify likely funding sources.
     
    The Minister said the investigation would be led by Main Roads involving further direct community input, and would make its recommendations to the Government by late 2014.
     
    “I am keen for this process to determine, where possible, safe alternative access for South-West communities at risk of fire,” he said.
     
    Two options have been identified for Gracetown and one preferred option for Prevelly.
     
    Fact File
    • The secondary road access options recommended are:
    • PREVELLY/GNARABUP
      • A 1.45km extension of Rainbow Cave Road connecting to the southern end of Wallcliffe Road in Gnarabup (to cost more than $4m)
    • GRACETOWN : From a possible nine routes, two have been identified for further investigation:
      • Construction of a 3.7km coastal road from Gracetown and connecting to Ellen Brook Road (to cost more than $12m)
      • An alternative option is to construct a 3.6km road south-east from the townsite (to cost more than $8m)
    • YALLINGUP
      • Although three secondary road access options have been identified, there is general consensus none is viable due to engineering difficulties, steep terrain and environmental impacts
      • As part of risk minimisation and fire emergency preparedness, further consideration will be given to provision of a safer refuge site within the town
      • Any new facility could be utilised for community purposes
    • The more detailed investigation will involve Main Roads WA; the departments of Transport, Planning, Parks and Wildlife, and Fire and Emergency Services; the Busselton City Council and the Augusta/Margaret River Shire Council
    • Engineering and environmental assessments will be made of the options
    Minister’s office - 6552 6400