Minutes of GPP Meeting … 27th Feb 2018

by kpaterson on 9 June, 2018



Minutes of Gibson Park Precinct Meeting

                              Tuesday 27 February 2018

Library, East Fremantle Primary School


Attendance: Coralie Clarke, Val Cousins, Ron Kawalilak, Karl Paterson, Gerald Shepperson, June Shepperson, Lisa O’Malley MLA, Cr Jenny Archibald

Apologies: Gail & Greg Harper, Cr Ingrid Waltham


Meeting opened – 7.05 pm

Chairperson – Val Cousins

Minutes – Ron Kawalilak




  1. Approval of Agenda and Minutes – Attendees agreed with the agenda presented. Minutes of the meeting held 5 December 2017 were approved.


  1. Draft Precincts Policy – The City has prepared a new policy on Precinct Groups (replacing Precinct Guidelines dated August 2012) and this policy is open for public comment until 12 March 2018. The draft policy proposes that all groups have open and cost free membership where any interested community member is welcome to participate, and outlines the range of communication, financial and networking support available to precinct groups from the City. The role of the City’s Community Engagement Team in the operation and support of precinct groups is better defined than it was before. Action: Ron to provide the comment on, and support for, the draft policy through mysay.fremantle before submissions close on 12 March 2018.


  1. High Street and Stirling Hwy/High Street Intersection Upgrades – While no announcements on resolving this long-running issue have been made so far this year, Lisa and Jenny told the meeting that an announcement from the State Government was likely within the next two to three weeks. Postscript: A new draft concept plan for upgrading High Street was released by the State Government on 6 March 2018. The draft concept (see map attached) includes a roundabout at the Stirling Highway intersection, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve a number of mature trees, and a single-lane service road for residents north of High Street. Traffic headed towards the port will be fed through the two-lane roundabout. Traffic coming from the port will avoid the roundabout, turning left via a dedicated slip lane to be cut through some properties on High and Holland Streets. The draft concept plan does not include reference to much needed E/W and N/S pedestrian and cyclist crossings of Stirling Highway and High Street.


  1. Playground Upgrade and Other Improvements to Gibson Park – Val asked for an update on the stalled plans to upgrade the non-netball parts of Frank Gibson Park. Background: After consultation with precinct members in 2015, the city’s parks and garden team produced a three-stage plan for proposed improvements/upgrades to Gibson Park that was discussed at a precinct meeting in February 2016. Stage 1 involved consolidating various fences for a more uniform appearance; installing a footpath and associated plantings along the Forrest Street verge of the park; removing existing equipment from the swing pit; replacing mulch in existing play areas with clean white sand; and installing new adventure play equipment and associated plantings. Work to be carried out in Stage 2 and 3 included installation of new exercise equipment and associated plantings; planting of new shade trees; repairs to the High Street retaining wall; construction of formal car-parking along Wilkinson St verge and more. While further action on the project was delayed in 2016-17 because of changes within the city’s parks and garden team, and there was a budget item for this project in Fremantle’s 2017-18 draft budget, the proposed upgrade has not progressed. Action: Cr Archibald to look into the status of the proposed upgrade and report back to the Precinct.


  1. Dogs and Gibson Park – Coralie told the meeting that some of the bins in the park used to dispose of dog poo bags had been broken off and removed and this was causing a problem with disposing of these bags in a proper matter. She also noted that an increasing number of people exercising their dogs in the park were not picking up after their dogs, or controlling them properly, and a recent incident involved a large, boisterous dog that broke the leg of a puppy, causing the leg to be amputated. Rangers were following up on this last incident. Action: Cr Archibald to look into the status of the broken and missing bins and report back to the Precinct.


  1. Precinct Meeting Schedule – Precinct meetings are held the last Tuesday of every second month at 7pm in the library of East Fremantle Primary School. Meetings in 2018 are scheduled for February 28, April 24, June 26, August 28, October 30 and a pre-Christmas date to be determined.


  1. NBN Community Forum – Lisa O’Malley said area residents wishing to learn more or ask questions about the National Broadband Network were invited to attend a forum at the Tradewinds Hotel, 6:30pm – 8pm, on Thursday, 15 March 2018. RSVP on 9316 0666 or bicton@mp.wa.gov.au. The NBN has recently been switched on in parts of Fremantle, East Fremantle and Palmyra.



Meeting closed – 8:00 pm


Next Meeting – Tuesday, 24 April 2018

7:00 pm

Library, East Fremantle Primary School


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Contact Person:

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How did we get here?

Roe 9

Roe 8


1955 Atlas – “Plan for the Metropolitan Region“ (Stephenson & Hepburn)

Formed – Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS)

What the 1950’s planners did not foresee

(1) Increase in S/SE corridor population/development ? Fremantle Port (~1900) wrong side of river!

(2) Modernity of environmental impact
? Placement of roads (air/noise pollution) Fremantle Eastern Bypass

  • Election Issue (2001) – Labor Win
  • Deleted from MRS in 2004
  • Land sold off, but no foresight for freight logistics

    => Political Football
    ? Traffic/Freight Distribution Planning Mess ? Stagnation of High Street Upgrade

Fremantle Container Port

Kwinana Freeway

2007/2008 Kwinana offshore/land terminal
2008 Change of Government (Liberal Win)
2009/2010 PPP South Metro Connect (AECOM/MRWA) ? Roe 8 (Toll Road) No Fed funding
2011 Outer Harbour Study (container overflow)

2012 IA Funding – Leach Highway/High St Upgrade Misrepresentation on IA proposal
Option 4A – 150m vs 270m ROC
$118m ~50/50 State/Fed Split

2013 MRWA concept proposal (Not – Option 4A) 2013 Public Consultation – Open/Closed

2014/2015 IA Federal Funding (Abbott) ? Rebranded Perth Freight Link

$1.5 billion on the table, few wanted it for a road

High Street upgrade caught up in the melee

2017 Change of Government (Labor Win)
2018 Concept Proposal Round 2 ($118m funded)

Perth Urban Freight Network

Reasons for Building I Road Freight Task

IA Submission 2012

High Street at over capacity
Not able to deliver projected freight increase
Increase in freight at least until 2027 (dependant on economy, oil and AUD)

Reasons for Building II
Road Safety IA Submission 2012

Omission of Pedestrian Safety Statistics
What % is from running red lights? (pedestrian danger)

Road Design 101

New Expected Traffic in 15/20 years?


Road Safety Audit

Expected Noise

Other Environmental Factors (Determined by EPA)

Available Land Financial Cost

Upgrade (Function/Demand) Road? % Heavy Vehicles

Road Traffic Modelling

Final Road Design

Community Needs? (After thought)

Old Design Concept Proposal

  • Large ROC
  • Heavily trenched
  • 2 lane slip road (old High Street)
  • No entry exit points local traffic
  • 6 Lane road reserve High Street/Stirling Highway
  • E/W pedestrian access blocked by noise walls
  • Pedestrian overpass placement NE/SW
  • Both golf courses affected
  • Mature Tuart trees cleared

New Design Concept Proposal

  • Trees kept (reduces noise for GPP)
  • No pedestrian access
  • One lane slip road (no barrier?)
  • Wilkinson Street – Exit East Only?
  • Montreal Street South
  • Dedicated truck lane
  • Large roundabout (=>at level, no trenching)
  • Parking for Netballers (drop in the bucket)
  • No land take Private Golf Course (cheaper)
  • Land Take Public Golf Course -> Boo Park

Overlaid Designs

  • Radius of Curvature (ROC) ~ same
  • Different ROC Entry/Exit
  • New design road not to scale
  • Land take similar
  • Pedestrian access in old design not possible

Planning Horizon for Road And Outer Port

MRWA incumbent to build a road
with minimum 15 year planning horizon

? Planning currently likely to not include a new port ? Has flow on effect for design

Cart before the horse?

Noise I
(Mitigation informs road design)

State Planning Policy 5.4 (Road and Rail Traffic)

2009 2017

Road Surface/Type Cut
Elevation Trenching

Noise walls

  • Noise mitigation only for new roads
  • 1st Floor Only
  • 5 dBA uncertainty (fudge factor) allowed
  • => less stringent
  • Applies to roads ~ pre mid 2017 (WAPC)
  • Base Level Noise compare pre 2017
  • 15 year planning horizon

• Noise mitigation for new roads and upgrades • 1st Floor and 2nd Floor

• 5 dBA uncertainty (fudge factor) scrapped • => more stringent

• Applies to roads ~ post mid 2017 (WAPC)

• Base Level Noise compare post 2017

• 20 year planning horizon Uncertainty on High Street Upgrade Planning Application Date

Noise II
Mitigation informs road design

Dominant Noise Source – Road/Tyre
? Trenching road is effective
(May be used again => Raft of other problems)

Noise III
Mitigation informs road design

  • Noise Mitigation => new road or upgrade?
  • Outer harbour build date is key factor
  • Dedicated trucking lane => noise walls (refer to EPA if none)
  • Barrier required at High Street slip road (~minimum 2m)
  • Unknown effect of at level roundabout for residents West and South/West
  • Roundabouts quieter than normal intersection
  • Two lane separation using trees reduces noise for greater GPP
  • Noise walls help properties in shade zone most

Pedestrian & Cycle Access I

Overpass Concept 2013 Design Cut off large part of GPP

MRWA offered upgraded lights at Marmion/Stirling Unacceptable to community ~ 700 signatures on petition Affected > 400 Households

From Community Focus Group, Sep 2013 Key Community and Stakeholder Concern

“Ensure pedestrian and cyclist connectivity – north/south and east/west”


“Provision made for north/south overpass. East/west overpass/underpass options not practical and land take excessive.”

Pedestrian & Cycle Access I

Late Stage Solution from MRWA (2014) (Staggered Noise Walls) – Lets play Frogger!

Stirling Highway – 6 Lane road reserve + noise walls + trenching

? Neither overpass or underpass possible in 2013! Or VERY expensive resulting in more land take
Noise walls may be unavoidable due to SPP 5.4 in 2018 (affects pedestrian access)

New Government, New Solutions?

Pedestrian & Cycle Access II

Dedicated Truck Lane
? Crossing at Montreal (N/S), Holland St (E/W) not possible ? Roundabout crossing impossible

Main Constraints

  • 1:12 gradient (disability access)
  • Excessive height to span overpass for oversized trucks ? Underpass at Forrest St best option (E/W)
    ? Overpass somewhere at High St? (N/S)

Lighting is to be provided at a P10 level.

If longer than 20 m => lighting day and night.

The walls to be finished with a light colour

Design dependent on the structural and traffic characteristics of the infrastructure.

(Planning and Designing for Pedestrians – Guidelines)

Possible Solution E/W Access

Underpass at Forrest most feasible, low impact solution


Path for entry/exit 1:12 gradient down 2.3m width path
2 transects
Underpass level -3.5m

1:12 gradient down 2.3m width path
3 transects

Possible Solution N/S Access

Overpass at Netball Courts most feasible low impact solution

Split Lane hinders underpass (possible but expensive) Barrier likely on slip road
=> Utilise Netball Courts as entry/exit for pedestrians Connect Gibson Park to Boo Park by cycleway
Provides safe passage across High Street, midway located

Overflow parking for netballers shared with Golf Course

Traffic Network

  • Port Direction – Outside Lane for trucks only on roundabout?
  • Network change to use Holland, Forrest and Marmion instead
  • Wilkinson Street Entry/Exit does not make sense
  • GPP <=> WGV travel impossible!
  • Stops rat run and Montreal, but diverts to Amherst and Wood
  • Large intersection footprint (green lines misrepresent)

• • • •

Noise walls may trap NOx May have to be modelled Mature trees help scatter Dependant on wind direction

Diesel Pollution

Land Take – Booyembara Park

Reconfigured Public Golf Course ? Lose Olive Grove

Community Cost/Benefit?

Supporting 2 golf courses at expense of public space


  • Never been a better time for residents to demand needs and action
  • Have wealth of information from past attempts (being treated like mushrooms)
  • Road has potential to cut off precincts if not dealt with properly
  • Road is unique, up to 60% heavy vehicles => safe pedestrian crossings essential !!!
  • Does not make sense to not provide E/W, N/S access given WGV infill and broader planning policy
  • Need to plan for 50+ years, not use current short term snapshot
  • You cannot retrofit underpasses


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