Improvements for Public Safety planned for Lancelin Off-road Vehicle Area

Published on Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 3:18:05 PM

In 2017 the Shire of Gingin commissioned a safety report into the Lancelin Off-road Vehicle Area which identified a number of serious safety concerns including the issue of heavy vehicles entering the area to access a mining tenement.

Given that tourism traffic makes use of this area in addition to pedestrians, the access of heavy vehicles to this popular tourism spot was deemed a significant safety hazard. The Shire has already undertaken several safety improvements to this area in recent months including upgrading the entrance way and installing new signage. Other safety issues identified in this report are also slated for amendment in future. Council is very serious about improving the safety of the Off-road Vehicle Area given that serious injuries and deaths have occurred in this location in the past.

Consequently the Shire has been working with the single lessee for the mining tenement to look at ways to mitigate this risk. It was determined that separating this traffic is highly desirable in order to improve the safety of the public accessing the off-road vehicle area. When looking at options for this, the Shire settled on upgrading the access track which starts from the end of Beacon Rd and runs through to the mining tenement area. This option was chosen because the track is within the existing road reserve for Beacon Road and also because it offers the best sight distance.

The proposed works for the track will entail:

  • Strengthening it to facilitate use by heavy trucks, i.e. installing a limestone running surface. It is proposed to use the existing alignment of the track to reduce the impact on the surrounding vegetation and the track will remain single lane (3-4m in width).
  • A little cut and fill (a technique used to level a road surface) from the high and low points to flatten the track.
  • Installation of gates and fencing at the northern extent of the bitumen to stop unauthorised vehicles from accessing the track.
  • Installation of signage at both ends of the track advising of heavy vehicle use only.

All mining tenements are managed by the State Government Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety. Currently there is a single lessee who has an arrangement to collect sand for their own use. The Shire would like to stress that this is not a commercial mining tenement in that the operator is only able to use the lime sand for their own use and is not able to on sell the lime sand. It should be noted that this area is not within the designated off-road vehicle area which is strictly set aside for recreational purposes.

In regards to heavy vehicles driving through the town site to access the sand dunes, the current arrangement is that under the Shire’s ‘Road Transport – Restricted Access Vehicles (RAV)’ policy, no permits will be issued for the operation of Restricted Access Vehicles on streets within the Lancelin town site, with the exception of a Special Permit issued to the owner of Mining Tenement No M70/54. This is for the use of RAVs to cart lime sand from Mining Tenement Number M70/54 through the Lancelin town site. This is subject to conditions including that Restricted Access Vehicles are not to use Gingin Road but are to be restricted to a route consisting of Beacon Road, Bootoo Street, Cockram Street, Collins Way, Kendall Road and Walker Avenue. Vehicle movements through the town site are also restricted to between the hours of 0600 and 1800, excluding the hours of 0730 to 0900 (school hours) and 1430 to 1600 (school hours) for Monday to Friday and 0700 to 1400 on Saturdays. No RAVs are allowed to operate on Sundays or Public Holidays.

The heavy haulage vehicles have been operating at the outer extremities of Lancelin for many years with a negligible number of complaints submitted to the Shire. All of the complaints that have been received have been resolved satisfactorily and promptly.

Questions in relation to the mining of sand from the Lancelin sand dune area should be directed to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety via:

T: 1300 136 237
E: online@dmirs.wa.gov.au 

Frequently Asked Questions

Given the Shire has received a large number of queries in relation to this matter, the following questions and answers have been compiled.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

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Shire of Gingin Offices

Gingin

7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 5100

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Lancelin

255 Vins Way
Lancelin WA 6044

T: (08) 9575 5155

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

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