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Larger trucks ‘concern’

Friday, 24th February, 2017

Red Earth Motel owner Michael Baldwin, with grandson Austin Allan, is worried about Perilya using larger trucks to cart ore through the city centre and the route they would take to get to the Southern Operations. Red Earth Motel owner Michael Baldwin, with grandson Austin Allan, is worried about Perilya using larger trucks to cart ore through the city centre and the route they would take to get to the Southern Operations.

By Emily Roberts

Concerned Argent Street residents and business owners are worried about bigger Perilya trucks passing through a busy intersection and have asked City Council for more time to object to the proposal.

Red Earth Motel manager, Lindsay Baldwin, and her father Michael, who is the owner, want extra time to raise their concerns about plans to run A double trucks through the Argent and Iodide street intersection.

“We just wanted more time. We missed the memo and weren’t aware of the increase in truck size,” Lindsay said yesterday.

“We wanted more time to gain support.”

The pair attended Wednesday’s Council meeting to ask for more support as the report appeared in the business papers.

“It would be ideal if the A double trucks didn’t go down Argent Street but we don’t want them going past the residential area in Crystal Street either.”

At the meeting, Councillor Tom Kennedy said he wanted Council to investigate the route.

It was originally suggested by Perilya that the A Doubles could turn into Bagot Street then Crystal Street as opposed to turning into Argent and Iodide streets.

But that was squashed because that would mean driving on Council roads rather than State roads.

Clr Kennedy said having the trucks turn into Bagot and Crystal streets would be a much safer option.

“I understand that it would cost Council to fix the road, but there are concerns for those businesses in Argent Street including HACC, the Old Willyama and the Red Earth Motel,” he said.

“There’s Hungry Jack’s and Hocko’s Chicken Shop, which are very popular. I see kids all the time at Hungry Jack’s.”

He said the turn was very dangerous.

“The turn into Crystal and Iodide means a truck will turn into traffic coming in two different directions,” he said.

“But if they turn in Bagot they turn left and then right into Crystal Street.

“I think it would be useful to look into, especially if they get up to the maximum amount of 48 truck movements a day.

“The added cost does concern me, but so does making the community safe.”

Clr Kennedy said it was also important to note that anyone raising concerns now had 28 days to do so.

“Objectors felt they weren’t given the opportunity to object, but now they have 28 days to put their concerns forward.”

Lindsay Baldwin said her main concern was safety.

“For me, personally, it is a safety concern as my son and I live down from the hotel,” she said.

“There is also a young family living next to us.

“We have guests from the hotel that walk the main street and struggle to get across the intersection or into their car.

“There is also a school bus that does a drop off on the opposite side of the road and you see kids running across the intersection.

“It would be ideal if they didn’t drive past residences.

“There are so many scratches and dents in my car bonnet from rocks being kicked up by the passing trucks, and that’s just with B doubles.

“I’ve seen cars back up to let the trucks through the intersection.

“If it starts happening multiple times a day with larger trucks there’s bound to be an accident.”

Michael Baldwin said fewer people would be affected if the trucks turned into Bagot and Crystal streets.

“There are two motels and 65 residents in this area,” he said. “The main issue is when they turn the corner.

“Then there is the added issue of dust pollution which gets into our pool.

“I’ve also spoken with Jim Hocking from Hocko’s who is very upset about all the dust and dirt going into his business (on the corner of Iodide and Argent streets).

“We see so many kids on scooters heading to Hungry Jack’s on the weekend.

“The changes would admittedly cost more money but the turns are much safer.”

Perilya has been contacted for comment.

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