A PLANNING control has been applied over land identified for the proposed Midland freight rail realignment, which Swan Chamber of Commerce president Gerry Hannsen says Hazelmere businesses are against.
Mr Hannsen made the comment at the chamber’s breakfast club meeting attended by Midland Redevelopment Authority chief executive officer Kieran Kinsella on Wednesday, February 17.
He suggested a tunnel should be built over the rail line instead of realigning it.
Mr Kinsella said the Midland freight line was a major link between WA and the eastern states and that all sorts of freight including dangerous goods were transported.
“Not sure I’d like to be living in an apartment [nearby] with goods like that travelling through,’’ he said.
WA Planning Commission chairman Eric Lumsden said planning control area 119 was gazetted on November 6 last year.
“PCA 119 arcs through industrial land from north of Great Eastern Hwy Bypass and along the west side of Roe Hwy to join the existing Midland rail freight line at Rason Pde,’’ he said.
“An amendment to the metropolitan region scheme will also be required.’’
The declaration, which has been approved by Planning Minister John Day, remains in effect for five years from the date of publication of a notice in the Government Gazette or until revoked by the WAPC with approval by the Planning Minister, whichever is the sooner.
Mr Lumsden said the planning commission considered the planning control area was required to ensure that no development occurred on the land, which might prejudice the future realignment of the Midland freight railway, until the land could be reserved for railways in the metropolitan region scheme.
The land is shown on WAPC plans numbered 1.7402, 1.7403 and 1.7404.
The plans can be viewed at the Western Australian Planning Commission, 140 William Street, Perth, the J S Battye Library, Level 3 Alexander Library Building, Perth Cultural Centre or the City of Swan, 2 Midland Square, Midland.
The plans are online at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/mrspca119.asp
The Kewdale-Hazelmere integrated masterplan section on infrastructure issues said the possibility of realigning the Midland freight rail line was first identified in the Midland Revitalisation Charette held in 1997.
The potential need for realignment identified at the time related primarily to ‘wheel squeal’ in the Woodbridge area as an issue raised by residents.
By Anita McInnes