ABOUT PLAN 1310/41

WAPC (Western Australian Planning Commission) Proposal 1310/41 is a Land Grab that will see more than 300 homes and 59 businesses on Guildford Rd severely affected or destroyed.

This includes Mayland’s café strip favourite, Rifo’s Cafe, Maylands Vet, The Chop Shop Barber Shop, Amore Mio Restaurant, Mandy's Convenience & Deli, and the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple. We will provide a full list of affected businesses and homes as and when we can.

Parking in the Coles and IGA shopping centres will also be significantly reduced under the plan. No compensation has been offered to the affected land owners. Anticipated to cost millions in taxpayer dollars, roadworks undertaken as part of the program will see a new, dedicated bike path added to Guildford Rd to encourage cyclists to share the road with trucks and cars. This new bike lane would become the third dedicated bike path in the immediate vicinity with other excellent paths already running parallel to Guildford Rd along the train line and river respectively.

The proposal has also cited the need for wider pedestrian paths. This comes despite existing pedestrian paths measuring 1 metre greater than the widths recommended by Transport WA. While the proposal (falsely) claims that traffic is increasing on Guildford Rd, no new traffic lanes will be added under the proposal. Guildford Road will remain a dual carriageway heading North and South.

It should firstly be noted that we are not against progress or improvements for Guildford Road as improvements will be welcomed. With this particular plan, however, the widespread negative and destructive impacts of the proposal on the sense of community and amenity to Maylands, Bayswater and Mount Lawley areas significantly and clearly outweigh the benefits offered to the public purpose of the road.

How might this affect you?

  • There are more than 300 homes and 59 businesses that will be immediately impacted by the proposal that form integral parts of the Maylands and Baywater communities. Some will loose land, property value and future investment opportunities, others will lose their properties completely.
  • The number of businesses impacted will be just under half of the number of businesses currently existing in the local area impacted to the point of potentially becoming economically unviable or direct closure. Examples of impacted local businesses include essential services such as supermarkets, medical centre, pharmacies, education facilities, childcare, places of worship, veterinary clinic, chiropractors, hair dressers, cafes, restaurants, deli, cycle store, liquor stores, art gallery etc
  • The widening of Guildford Road will not provide any additional car lanes so will have minimal improvement on private vehicle throughput
  • The proposal does not support the use and growth of the immediate railway public transport... if anything, taking away from it by the proposed removal of the Mt Lawley and Meltham stations but the paradoxical massive spending on the airport link and the East Perth station upgrade.
  • Whilst there may be some benefit to bus priority lanes, the saving of several minutes off the transit time of buses along Guildford Road is of questionable value compared to the loss of local businesses and impact on local homes. (loss of business equals loss of amenity and employment)
  • The widening of Guildford Road will not provide any additional car lanes so will have minimal improvement on private vehicle throughput
  • 'the proposed plan does not take into account the future landscape of commuting e.g. electric, autonomous vehicles with vehicle sharing reducing numbers of vehicles on roads, solar roads and paths....like it or not, autonomous vehicles are coming within 15 years and the desire for car ownership WILL decline'

What does this mean for the community?

  • Having a "highway" like upgrade through the heart of an up and coming local community will have a disenchanting and destructive impact on the local communities.
  • Whilst there may be some benefit to bus priority lanes, the saving of several minutes off the transit time of buses along Guildford Road is of questionable value compared to the loss of local businesses and impact on local homes. (loss of business equals loss of amenity and employment)
  • Loss of significant greenery, gardens and established loved trees along the sides to make way for a wide concrete median strip centrally is not constructive to a beautification process
  • Heritage frontages on some privately owned properties which have hindered costly development proposals by owners over many years are now proposed to be swiftly wiped out by this proposed widening.
  • Having an ill thought out proposed reserve hanging over Guildford Road for years to come is already having an immediate impact on residents and businesses. The worst is the uncertainty that is now immediately stifling investment and sentiment because nobody knows what is going to happen.
  • The local residents who are rapidly learning of the proposed widening of Guildford Road and are against it and cannot see any perceived benefits for the likely substantial expenditure of taxes and further can only see the harm to the local community in the long term with a divisive “highway” through the heart of a community. Ie it is not value for money and is disruptive to the local communities affected.

'feedback from residents and cyclists is that most cyclists will not use the planned new cycle paths to be added along Guildford Road simply because there are two more pleasant and safer traffic free alternatives already in existence .... along the railway line and along the river ..... both go from East Parade to Tonkin Highway and beyond, are easy to get to and are away from the traffic (ie away from the noise, fumes and vehicle risk)'