When did the temporary motor vehicle ban take place?

    Council resolved to close the Zig Zag Scenic Drive to vehicles for 6 months as a temporary measure. The temporary Came into effect on 30 May 2020.

    Why did the temporary ban come into place?

    The site has a long history of issues, with Council approving a sequence of traffic calming and parking improvements in Lascelles Parade and new measures aimed at tourism and addressing antisocial behaviour back in 2014, which were then rolled out by the City.  Projects showed promising signs of improvement early on, however the ongoing issues relating to hooning and antisocial activity in the area have continued to be in the spotlight.

    Mayor Margaret Thomas said, “We have seen cases of rollovers due to excessive speed in Lascelles Parade, hooning and antisocial behaviour at the upper car park in Lascelles Parade and the bends of the Zig Zag itself.”

    Recently the City also had issues with illegal overnight camping by the side of the road in Zig Zag Scenic Drive where facilities are not set up for this activity;  litter and dumping, four-wheel drive vehicles cutting trails into the Gooseberry Hill National Park and damaging the natural environment; conflicts between vehicles driving down the site and cyclists, and conflicts between road users.

    According to the WA Police, during the previous last six months there have been 74 reported incidences that have required police attention at the Zig Zag Scenic Drive. The City brought this ban in, in a bid to control the harmful, illegal and dangerous motor vehicle related activities taking place at the Zig Zag.

    What is hooning?

    A hoon, in Australia and New Zealand, is a person who deliberately drives a vehicle in a reckless or dangerous manner, generally in order to provoke a reaction from onlookers. Hoon activities can include speeding, burnouts, doughnuts, or screeching tyres.

    (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoon)

    Have there been any negative impacts of motor vehicles on the Zig Zag?

    According to the WA Police, during the previous last six months there have been 74 reported incidences that have required police attention at the Zig Zag Scenic Drive.

    The majority of these offences were classified as ‘Hoon’, with other offences including:

    • Disturbance
    • Assault
    • Crash
    • Stolen Car
    • Drugs
    • Disorderly
    • Drink Driving
    • Weapon

    Will the decision to hold a permanent ban be reviewed at a future date?

    At this point the decision will hold. Should circumstances arrive in the future that beget reviewing the motor-vehicle status of the Zig Zag Scenic Drive, these will be reviewed at that time.

    How can I provide feedback?

    The City of Kalamunda is encouraging residents to provide feedback.

    Online: https://engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/zig-zag-road-closure 

    Hard copies are available at the City of Kalamunda Office, and at any of our libraries.

    Post to: City of Kalamunda, PO Box 42, Kalamunda WA 6926
     Email:
    enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au 

    What will happen next?

    Following the public comment period, the Community feedback will be gathered and reviewed. The results of all the feedback will also be used to guide strategic and asset planning initiatives throughout the City.

    Where can I get more information?

    For more information contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999. We will also keep you informed through website updates, by telephone or face to face conversations if that is your preferred method of communication. Please let us know.