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Photos supplied by Melinda Brackley show that Muriel Street already suffers from heavy congestion.

City throws weight behind Viveash concerns

THE City of Swan have thrown their support behind the Viveash community and their opposition to an infill development that would see 12 driveways exiting onto Muriel Street.

The Demol Investments development would see 29 two-storey units developed on lot 62, Ashby Terrace.

When advertised for public comment, the development received 90 objections from local residents, with most concerns focusing on the proposed location of the driveways.

Located just up from La Salle College, Muriel Street has a notorious S-bend that locals refer to as suicide bend.

The majority of the exiting driveways from the development would back on to this S-bend, and residents, including Melinda Brackley and Ian Ludlow, mounted a campaign for a change to the design.

While the City of Swan recommended the development be approved, they will not be making the final decision, with the future of the development to be determined by the East Metro Joint Development Assessment Panel.

After a series of powerful deputations at last week’s Agenda Forum, however, the tide began to turn and at this week’s council meeting, Councillor Mark Elliott moved a successful alternate motion.

The motion calls on the East Metro JDAP Panel to visit the site in order to observe the S-bend alignment, particularly during peak periods when La Salle students are being picked up in the afternoon.

It also asks the panel to consider the residents’ preference for an alternative design accommodating all dwellings utilising Tyne Link for road access.

Speaking after the meeting, both Ms Brackley and Mr Ludlow were thankful for the change in recommendation, and said they intend to take their fight to the East Metro JDAP.

“They’re required to inform us when it is before JDAP and Rita Saffioti has told us we have the right to do a deputation,” Ms Brackley said.

“We’re all pretty passionate about the changes…I think if they visit the site there’s no question of the risk.

“12 driveways backing out on to the S-bend, anyone who is anyone can see that’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Mr Ludlow said the City gave great support.

“It’s not a decision of council to make, but the fact they’ve made a specific recommendation that the community gets to have their say, that’s great, particularly with regards to planning and safety.”

Demol Group owner Steve de Mol was contacted by Echo News, however he said he would not comment.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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