Turning up the pressure

A RESIDENT campaign against proposed changes to the intersection of Carrington Street and Second Avenue in Mt Lawley got a fillip from a Perth rich-lister this week.

Pharmacist turned multi-millionaire property mogul Con Berbatis, who lives on First Avenue, has commissioned a traffic study into mini-roundabouts and hired a PR consultant to convince Stirling council to drop its plans to allow only left-hand turns at the intersection (“Taking a turn for the worse,” Voice, March 2, 2019).

Dr Berbatis has also joined forces with real estate agent Jan Wilkie to organise a public meeting today (Saturday March 16) at 4pm in Copley Park, and the pair reckons there’s enough anger in the community to guarantee a big turn-out.

Dr Berbatis says he’s peeved because council officers appeared to have ignored regular accidents and flattened traffic signs on the intersection of Carrington and First and believes the proposed changes will just make his street worse.

He says there’s been inadequate consultation and a comprehensive study is long over-due into traffic in the suburb bounded by Walcott Street, Central Avenue, Railway Parade and Beaufort Street.

“We are a neglected suburb by the City of Stirling and this time we are united in fighting,” Dr Berbatis said.

Ms Wilkie told the Voice they’ve got a 50-strong petition calling for the broad traffic study, as well as the installation of a second stop sign and small traffic island at the contested intersection.

But Stirling’s infrastructure director Michael Littleton says all crashes at the intersection involved vehicles turning right or travelling straight through, so the only feasible treatment was to block the intersection so only left-hand turns are possible.

“A roundabout was found not to be feasible for a number of reasons,” Mr Littleton said.

“A roundabout could not be accommodated within the existing road reserve and still have the minimum required space behind the kerb for footpaths and underground services without the need to encroach into adjacent private properties.”

Mr Littleton said the council had looked into speed humps, plateaux, and raised intersections, but the Mt Lawley Society opposed them in heritage areas.


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