Kojonup Freight Route
We are undertaking an Alignment Selection Study to select a future road corridor for freight route around Kojonup, in the Great Southern region.
This study aims to identify a preferred corridor for a freight route that improves safety and amenity by separating heavy vehicles from local and tourist traffic and ensures the continued growth of the town as a popular tourist destination.
It will also allow State and Local Government to plan for the future, with funding available for alignment selection and detailed planning. No funding is currently available for construction.
Consultation with key stakeholders, including local government authorities, heavy vehicle operators and local communities, is playing a vital role in this study.
In March 2016 we distributed a Study Overview and a feedback form to local communities illustrating the eastern route along with two possible northern links to the town. We also held two public displays at Kojonup IGA in April, giving people the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the study.
The feedback form from this consultation process will be considered during the final assessment process. Once a preferred corridor has been determined, this will be presented to the Local Government. The preferred corridor will then be subject to a more detailed planning as part of the Alignment Definition phase. This will include further consultation with affected landowners and stakeholders along with:
- survey, environmental and heritage field work and assessments;
- hydrological and surface water studies; and
- geotechnical and groundwater survey and concept design.
Scope of works
As part of the early planning process, we considered a number of options to the east and west of the town.
Western routes were deemed unfeasible because they would sever existing rural properties and a planned residential area from the town centre, significantly impact local recreational facilities and environmentally sensitive areas, have a greater effect on Kojonup’s passing trade or be prohibitively expensive.
An eastern route, with two possible northern links to the town, was then identified in consultation with the Shire of Kojonup for presentation to the community and stakeholders for feedback. This route offers the desired freight efficiency, has less development constraints and minimises any social and environmental impact.
This route, along with the two northern options, is shown on the map.