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Council driving change to make MCC roadway a public road

Monday 17 Jul 2023
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MCC roadway map

The City of Marion wants to formalise a section of vehicle access to the Westfield Marion Shopping Centre, near the Marion Cultural Centre, and is seeking community feedback about making it a public road.

As part of its $3.4 million plan to upgrade the Marion Cultural Centre Plaza, Council needs to change the classification of a section of land south of Milham Street, which connects motorists to the shopping centre car park, from community land ‘reserve’ to ‘road reserve’.

At their recent General Meeting Councillors resolved to start the formal revocation process to make the area a public road and consult the community about the change.

“In drafting our plans to remodel the plaza area for community gatherings we found out that the short bit of roadway that connects the Marion Cultural Centre through to Bunnings and Westfield is community land and is not, technically, a public road,” Mayor of Marion Kris Hanna said.

‘However, it has been used as a road for decades and is a popular cut through to Westfield.

“To make it officially a roadway we’re going to engage in community consultation as part of the legal process to change its classification.

“Consultation starts on July 17 and closes on August 7 so I encourage you to head to the Making Marion website to have your say.”

The community land revocation process can take 12-16 months and requires the approval of the State Government.

The proposed road reserve area does not include the entire community land reserve. The balance of the land, around 395m2, would be merged with the Marion Cultural Centre title if the public road is approved by the State Government.

Meanwhile, Council has endorsed the revised new designs for the Marion Cultural Centre Plaza upgrade. The new plans retain two-way traffic in the precinct.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the 2023/24 financial year.

Image: Map of the proposed area of land to be formally classified as a roadway.

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