Roadworks in Treendale now critical

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Harvey Shire president Paul Gillett and Australind Tyre Service owner Neil (Esso) Espinos are lobbying the State Government to install the Kingston Drive alignment road that has been in the works for almost three decades.
Camera IconHarvey Shire president Paul Gillett and Australind Tyre Service owner Neil (Esso) Espinos are lobbying the State Government to install the Kingston Drive alignment road that has been in the works for almost three decades. Credit: Briana Fiore/Briana Fiore

Treendale business owners in the light industrial area are “furious” over the lack of action on the future extension of Kingston Drive.

The proposed road extension would cut through a nature reserve near Paris Road in Australind and would increase traffic flow and accessibility to the area.

The project has been on the council agenda for three decades, and needed approval from the State Government because it is on land subject to native title.

Australind Tyre Service owner Neil Espinos said he was “fed up” with waiting for the road to be built.

“Businesses are leaving the area in droves and people are losing their jobs,” Mr Espinos said.

“I personally know of 250 people who have left the area.

We don’t get enough traffic here and we need help.

Niel Espinos

Mr Espinos believes the addition of the road would add value to everyone’s business.

The frustrated business owner said there was no room to expand and many businesses were moving to places such as Davenport to grow.

Neil (Esso) Espinos wants the road installed to save businesses in the area.
Camera IconNeil (Esso) Espinos wants the road installed to save businesses in the area. Credit: Briana Fiore/Briana Fiore

A footpath was recently installed in the area, to help pedestrians cut through the bush to head into the centre of Treendale.

“The path has been great because before it was installed, you would see mothers with prams almost get hit by big cement trucks,” he said.

“It was so unsafe.”

Harvey shire president Paul Gillett said he was behind Mr Espinos and the push to have the road installed.

“We hear the business owners and we want to help get this road approved,” Cr Gillett said.

“It will hopefully increase traffic in the area and help businesses.

“The council has completed the planning documents and we are just waiting for the State Government to approve it.”

Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said she wanted to help deliver on the promise of the road.

“We are just waiting on some approvals and advice from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation,” Mrs Clarke said. A portion of the land has a native title and is being accessed.

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