IT IS curious that a public outcry and protest prevented the removal of two non-native trees on Anzac Avenue to allow for badly needed safety improvements but the annihilation of 100s of mature Wandoo, Jarrah and Marri trees at Jingaling Brook has caused hardly a murmur of objection.
Main Roads want to continue this destruction with a further 55ha of native woodland destined for the bulldozers and mulchers.
The mantra we hear from them, that is, the justification for this $100,000,000 27km project is road safety but they also tell us Toodyay Road has been identified as ‘strategic transport corridor’.Read more
The massive scale of the works, especially the realignments and deep cuttings indicate an exercise to reduce gradients more than anything else.
This of course fits in to facilitating increased truck movements such as you would expect on a strategic transport corridor.
The intersection of Sandplain and Salt Valley Roads (a shire flora road) alone will see an 11m deep and 90m wide cutting covering over six hectares.
As we know too well, contractors are currently widening and resurfacing to where Stirling Terrace begins.
Has Main Roads neglected to consider the impact on our historic town when creating their strategic transport corridor?
Safe and Scenic Toodyay Road