The City of Perth has raised concerns about the State Government's Burswood stadium plans, warning a proposed footbridge linking the site to East Perth could create chaos for local residents.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said though she supported the stadium site, she was concerned the bridge - which could be used by more than 14,000 people on AFL game days - would result in antisocial behaviour, noise, parking and traffic problems for residents.
"The people who are directly affected bought or built very expensive houses in an urban village concept, without the hustle bustle of the city," she said. "Now the goalposts have been moved and they'll be finding themselves in the midst of 14,000 people exiting a stadium because the stadium won't have parking."
In a report prepared for the council, planning officers recommend the Government be advised of the need to manage a "complexity of transport issues" set to affect the city with the Elizabeth Quay, stadium and City Link developments.
"What is somewhat unique with this area is the need to not only plan for the commuter peak loads for the road network and public transport but also the added load of 60,000 patrons seeking to access the stadium during the peak commuter period for a Friday game," the report said.
"The dispersal of patrons through East Perth may have a detrimental impact on the general amenity of the area.
"Issues such as noise and disturbance, safety, accessibility, traffic and car parking on game-event days will require detailed consideration and careful management."
The State Government announced in August that parking at the stadium would be at a premium, and it expects that 80 per cent of patrons will use public transport. The planned footbridge would connect to Nile Street in East Perth and planners hope another 9000 people will walk across Graham Farmer Freeway's Windan Bridge.
The council is also expected to ask the Government for $1 million to fund new infrastructure - including CCTV cameras, signage, extra parking officers, toilets and lighting - needed to support the bridge.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said all planning issues raised by the council would be seriously considered by the Perth Stadium transport project control group.The Government will release its detailed transport plan for the stadium before the end of the year.
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