Gelorup group gets a hearing about BORR

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Friends of the Gelorup Corridor met with Main Roads WA and representatives of the Planning Minister to voice concerns about the proposed Bunbury Outer Ring Road southern section route.
Camera IconFriends of the Gelorup Corridor met with Main Roads WA and representatives of the Planning Minister to voice concerns about the proposed Bunbury Outer Ring Road southern section route. Credit: Shannon Verhagen Picture:

The Friends of the Gelorup Corridor has met with Main Roads WA and representatives of the Planning Minister to continue calls for a change in the Bunbury Outer Ring Road southern section route.

Organised by Bunbury MLA Don Punch, the meeting allowed group members to voice their concerns about the route, including the potential environmental impacts on the Gelorup corridor.

Member Debrah Lim said they had been trying for months to get a meeting to discuss the community’s concerns over the proposed route and felt the meeting had been constructive.

“It gave us the chance to speak to officials which we had been trying to organise,” Ms Lim said.

“We’re hoping they realise it’s not just one or two people in Gelorup, but the entire community is concerned.

Our community has developed over the last 40 years and we’re much more concerned about the long term effects on the environment.

Debrah Lim

Ms Lim said the group would continue fighting for a better assessment of alternative routes.

“Before they go through with a long term project for the South West, the best options should be looked at,” she said.

Group member Sue Chapman said it was important to recognise the environmental values of the flora and fauna in the area.

“The Federal and State environmental approvals are still pending and hopefully that works in our favour,” Ms Chapman said.

The Environmental Protection Authority eight-week public review period for the BORR southern section route will open later this year.

Ms Lim said they were looking forward to contributing during the review period.

The Friends of the Gelorup Corridor plan to hold an information session at that time to inform people how to make a public submission.

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