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Media Statement by Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA, Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation – https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2017/01/Bindoon-bypass-corridor-selected.aspx

Chittering Shire Council has expressed its relief that a decision has finally been made regarding the proposed upgrade of the Great Northern Highway though Chittering Shire which includes a bypass of Bindoon.

The decision ends years of speculation regarding the proposed corridor for the new highway and many years of uncertainty for residents within the Shire of Chittering.

Shire President Cr Gordon Houston said “While the most recent consultation regarding three proposed bypass routes commenced in April last year, various other alternatives have been on the books for more than a decade”.

“We have genuine sympathy for those residents who will be directly impacted by this decision, however all three options would have impacted directly on property owners and the final decision by the Minister has considered extensive input provided by both the community and the Shire”.

“While we acknowledge that Western Bypass Option A will adversely affect some residents, it is probably a logical alternative to the proposed Eastern alignment, which was prohibitively expensive, and to Western Bypass Corridor B, which would have divided the community.  Western Bypass Option A also follows part of the old Perth to Darwin road corridor and at its northern end, runs parallel to the existing rail line and through broad acre farming land”.

“We have asked the State Government to commence the process of dealing with affected residents as soon as possible so that they can get on with their lives and be fairly compensated for the impact that this decision will have.  We have been assured that this certainly is the intention of the State Government and we look forward to that commitment being delivered on”.

“We welcome the Minister’s comments that the State intends using available funds to protect the planned route through land acquisition, providing certainty to affected landowners and the wider Bindoon community.  We also appreciate the support of our Local State Member, Shane Love MP, for assisting the Shire throughout the most recent consultation process”.

“We will be working closely with the Department of Main Roads and the State Government to ensure that the impact on Bindoon and the Shire of Chittering from a future bypass is minimised.  We all know that you cannot bypass a town and not have an impact.  What we want to do is ensure that the town has the very best opportunity to both prosper and thrive in the future.”

“In anticipation of a decision regarding a bypass of Bindoon, the Shire has also been working with a Community Reference Group on a Bindoon Deviation Strategy over the past 18 months.  The document will be released for Public Comment next week.  Council has also been working on a significant upgrade for the Bindoon shopping precinct over the past year and that project is nearing completion.  Both these initiatives will assist in managing and mitigating the impact of the bypass”.

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Please contact Karen Dore, Economic Development / Communications Officer on 9576 4600 or via chatter@chittering.wa.gov.au.  This media statement has no regulatory value.

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