The former drummer of legendary Australian rock band the Easybeats has joined forces with his Jandakot neighbours to fight council plans to reclaim some of their land for a new roundabout.
Gordon “Snowy” Fleet, who was part of the band’s 1960s international success, believes property developers Stockland should be sacrificing more of its land for the road alignment, which runs alongside a new residential subdivision.
“The way the City of Cockburn is going about it is getting on people’s nerves,” Mr Fleet said.
“This has dragged on for about two years and there are meetings upon meetings with the same result — nothing happens.”
The council says the intersection of Jandakot and Solomon roads needs to be realigned with a roundabout because of growing traffic issues near Stockland’s Calleya estate.
“This is to protect our community by making their roads safer for use,” a council report said.
“Members of the community have expressed concern with road capacity.”
But residents say the council’s preferred option, which involves reclaiming more than 2000sqm of land from their properties, is more favourable to Stockland.
The compensation is ridiculous
“We’re still special rural so we get less for ours than the residential land on the Stockland side.”
Another neighbour, former East Fremantle premiership footballer Mal Dobson, said he completely agreed with the need for the road to be upgraded.
“We have always argued for the road to be improved, but the option the council is going for isn’t the safest one,” he said.
Stockland WA’s general manager Col Dutton said his company was providing 17,000sqm of land for the road upgrade and funding 2.5km of roadworks along the northern and eastern boundaries of Calleya.
“We are focused on working with local authorities and the community on infrastructure upgrades for the region, to support growth at Calleya and the wider area,” he said.