West Leederville Residents Association recently put out an email asking our members if they had any issues that they would like us to take up with Council. The Following is in response to the issues raised. I directed your comments to the CEO of the Town of Cambridge Jason Buckley Cambridge Street Road Works were raised by a number of residents.
I am extremely unhappy with the road redevelopment. As a rate payer I would like the Association to ask the Town of Cambridge what was the original project timeframe and more importantly the original project budget and what the current project expenditure is?
As a ratepayer for a project which adds nothing to me as a resident of West Leederville of 23 years and now has project budget over runs I would like an explanation.
The West Leederville Streetscape project was established to create a lively, pedestrian friendly, ‘high street style’ precinct along Cambridge Street, while retaining it as a traffic route. This project dates back to 2010 when Council adopted the West Leederville Planning and Urban Design Study, which suggested this area be “developed as a high quality, highly activated, retail and commercial ‘spine’ for the revitalised West Leederville town centre”.
Concept plans for the project were subject to extensive community consultation in September 2012, to gauge community support for the overall concept and specific elements of the design. Over 200 submissions were received, with 71% of respondents supporting the overall concept.
The recently completed work involved:
- reducing the number of lanes to one in each direction;
- installing new medians;
- creating on-street parking bays;
- resurfacing the road;
- widening pedestrian footpaths;
- upgrading landscaping and paving;
- installing new street furniture; and
- installing new street lighting.
The original timeframe for the project was for completion by June 2014 but has been pushed back due to:
- Revised program of works to reduce the impact on West Leederville businesses;
- Wet weather;
- Problems with old underground water and gas services.
The main works are now complete.
The total project value is $2.476m and will be completed within budget.
In addition to this the proposed project to add another 30+ residences to Northwood St between Railway Pde and Cambridge is completely irresponsible in terms of traffic and services that cannot cope now.
The Town assesses all multi-residential and commercial development applications and this assessment includes the impacts of traffic. The Northwood Street development is currently before the Development Assessment Panel, and traffic and parking issues are being considered.
The Town has more plans to increase development in this area, which are detailed in the West Leederville Planning and Urban Design Study, adopted by Council in 2010. The complete Study can be viewed online at www.cambridge.wa.gov.au/WLPUDS
It is believed Northwood Street will cope with any additional traffic generated from the proposed development. In the State’s Road Hierarchy, Northwood Street is listed as a ‘local access road’, which can operate up to 3000 vehicles per day. When traffic volumes were last measured in 2009, Northwood Street was accommodating 1606 vehicles per day. To further assist the control of traffic in the area traffic control measures, restricting turning movements, are in place at the Cambridge/Northwood intersection.
For the first time in a while I took a walk around Lake Monger this morning and was utterly dismayed at what the City has done. Cambridge Street has been bad enough but the removal of all trees on the western shore is appalling.
Ecological restoration work has recently been carried out on the western side of Lake Monger to:
- restore ecological communities that provide fauna habitats for breeding, feeding and nesting;
- improve water quality; and
- protect and enhance the natural beauty and historical value of Lake Monger.
Part of the program involved removal of all non-native tree species. Before any work started, all trees in the area were assessed to identify the local native trees species, which were retained.
Some 10,000 native plants have now been planted, with the help of local community groups, which will improve the health of the lake and provide a home to the local bird populations.
Of note is that a similar rehabilitation program was undertaken on the east side of the lake in the late 1990s, including removal of all non-native species and planting of native wetland plant species. The area is now completely rehabilitated with no visual evidence of the works. However, the ecological benefit of this work is very evident with the creation of appropriate, sustainable habitats for the local fauna and, from nutrient stripping ponds and vegetation channels built as part of this program, a much improved quality of water entering the lake.
1997 – Lake Monger east side (looking north towards footbridge)
2014 – Lake Monger east side (looking north towards footbridge)
The choice of trees for Kimberley Street.
The tree recommended for Kimberley, as listed in the Town’s Treescape Plan, is the Coral tree. This tree was selected as it is well suited to the local soil conditions and is drought tolerant. There are a number of well‑established Coral trees already growing in Kimberley Street. When the new Coral trees mature they will create an avenue affect, adding to the character to the street.
Coral trees lining Joseph Street, West Leederville
Rubbish bin charges…
The Town’s standard waste service costs $100 per year and comprises a 120L general waste bin and 240L recycling bin. For no additional charge residents can elect to replace their 240L recycling bin with a 360L recycling bin or have a second 240L recycling bin. For an annual fee of $70 a 240L green waste bin can be added to the service.
The West Leederville Residents Association will shortly be holding its AGM, if you are interested in being a member please contact us either by email or the website www.wlra.org.au/
Normally we would not run to so many pages in our newsletter but on this occasion I thought it was important to give you all of the information that we received.