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The Fremantle High Street Upgrade which was to start in March this year is delayed again and will now commence in September with the demolition of the residential properties which are occupied by squatters.

MAINROADS released the message below this morning:

High Street Upgrade a step closer following Environmental Approval

The upgrade of High Street will proceed following completion of the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Public Environmental Review process.

In March 2019, the EPA found the proposal environmentally acceptable, provided the conditions to reduce noise levels, retain identified mature trees and minimise the impact on black cockatoos were met. A public appeals process followed and the project can now proceed subject to the above conditions, following approval from the Minister for Environment on 23 May 2019. Further information can be found on the EPA website.

The project’s concept design , developed in consultation with the City of Fremantle, reflects a commitment to retain as many mature native and non-native trees as possible through the introduction of a median strip, as well as the installation of noise walls to offer residents protection from traffic noise. Engagement with local residents regarding the final location, design and configuration of these noise walls is ongoing.

Procurement update

In March 2019, Main Roads asked three shortlisted proponents to provide costed proposals for the detailed design and construction of the project. We expect to receive these proposals in July with a view to awarding a contract for delivery of the project in October. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of this year.

Demolition of Main Roads properties on High Street

Main Roads owns several properties in the High Street Upgrade road reserve that will be demolished as the land is required for the project. The majority are not leased and are in poor and potentially dangerous condition.

We are aware these properties are being illegally used by people for accommodation. Consequently, we have been working with the Department of Communities to ensure the people residing in the properties have access to alternative housing.

Demolition of these properties is scheduled to occur in September following a 90-day notice period. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to local residents and the road network during the demolition process.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Lionel said, on June 6, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Maybe Nick, but the squatters in those houses are far worse.


  2. freoview said, on June 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Let’s keep it civil gents.



  3. Nick Juniper said, on June 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    You sound like a bit of an arsehole Lionel…


  4. freoview said, on June 5, 2019 at 9:38 am

    They were still negotiating I was told last time I asked, Steve.



  5. Steve said, on June 4, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Roel, still no word on the land swap for Clontarf Hill?


  6. Lionel said, on June 4, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the bludgers turfed out.


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