Federation Council is to investigate the possibility of reversing a former Urana Shire Council decision to close local road, Stephan Street Urana, to heavy vehicles.
Urana resident Michael Robson addressed council’s monthly meeting on January 23.
Earlier, he had forwarded a letter containing a petition with about 180 signatures supporting his request.
“There was no public consultation prior to the decision by the former Urana council,” he told the new Federation Council.
“Closing Stephan Street to heavy vehicles effectively redirects all heavy vehicles through Urana township past a primary school, hospital, doctor’s surgery, family day-care, aged care and at least 30 houses rather than a bypass which is 10 houses.”
The petition seeks the decision reversal until such time a traffic management plan is undertaken with public consultation and RMS involvement “and ideally an effective bypass”.
Cr Shaun Whitechurch said he could feel the passion with which Mr Robson was delivering his plea.
“There must have been some reason for Urana Shire Council’s decision,” Cr Whitechurch said.
“Through our new council we can investigate. We need to get both sides.”
Mayor Pat Bourke described Mr Robson’s presentation as good.
“It is a good opportunity for council to workshop the matter and start the process going forward,” Cr Bourke said.