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Council pursues bypass

Thursday, 2nd December, 2010

The city's heavy vehicle bypass is one step closer to reality with Council resolving to acquire required land at an extraordinary meeting of Council this week.

The proposed road link, once fully developed would connect all local, State highways and regional roads without trucks having to pass through the city centre.

General Manager Frank Zaknich said Council resolved to acquire land to progress stage one of the heavy vehicle bypass.

"Council has resolved that Stage I, being Sydney road to Menindee road and Menindee road via the airport to Wentworth road should be prioritised and that the consent of the Minister and Governor be sought in making application for land acquisition," Mr Zaknich said.

"This will be especially important in relation to the proposed road on the eastern side of the city for access from the Potosi Mine development and as other planned future mining projects progress," Mr Zaknich said.

The resolution follows a decision by councillors at this month's ordinary meeting to give Potosi the green light provided ore from the mine is transported to Perilya's concentrator via a haulage road. 

Perilya said it was disappointed with the decision which it said would, at best, delay Potosi. The bypass will require consultation with a variety of stakeholders including representatives from the Willyama Common, the Aboriginal community, the Crown and Crown Reserve Trusts, the Land and Property Management Authority, freehold owners and Department of Local Government.

Environmental and Native Title assessments will also form the basis of the final design of the bypass. "The final heavy vehicle route is subject to survey and other relevant factors such as environment factors, Native Title and minerals will be excluded from the acquisition," Mr Zaknich said.

Suggested stages for the bypass route:

  • Stage I: Sydney Road to Menindee Road and Menindee Road via the Airport to Wentworth Road;
  • Stage II: Kanandah Road to Adelaide Road and Adelaide Road to Silverton Road.

"Council looks forward to working co-operatively with all stakeholders to bring stage one of the project to fruition in a timely manner," Mr Zaknich said.

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