Geraldton North South Highway
We have completed the Geraldton North South Highway (GNSH) planning study, which involved defining a reservation for the future GNSH between Devlin Pool Road/Brand Highway, (south), and Webberton Road/North West Coastal Highway (north).
The Geraldton Region Plan identifies the location of future major roads in Geraldton, including the GNSH. The highway will provide an alternative, future north south regional road route through the Geraldton area, to remove regional through traffic particularly heavy vehicles, from the existing North West Coastal Highway and Brand Highway within the Geraldton city area.
We will now liaise with the Department of Planning and the City of Greater Geraldton to include the endorsed GNSH concept and reservation in the local planning strategy and statutory plans to guide land use planning and development. Opportunity for further public comment will be provided during these processes.
At this stage, no decision has been made to construct the proposed highway, which is currently a long-term planning proposal. Affected landowners can continue to use their land for existing purposes. When a decision is made in the future to construct the highway and funding made available, detailed design and project development investigations will be undertaken in consultation with affected landowners.
The community and landowners were asked to provide comment on the proposed concept and reservation for the future GNSH during October to December 2009. Submissions received during the consultation period were analysed. Issues raised were investigated to determine whether any changes to the concept and reservation, based on these submissions, could be made. A summary of consultation and explanation of this analysis is contained in the Project Newsletter March 2011.
The analysis and investigations confirmed that no major changes to the preliminary concept and reservation were necessary. The final concept and reservation, shown in the final newsletter, has been endorsed by the City of Greater Geraldton and the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee.