AROUND 30 Cockburn locals turned out Tuesday night to air concerns about the looming Roe 8 highway extension.
Christine Cooper, president of the Bibra Lake residents’ association, says there has been an upturn in membership because of the planned highway and the group has launched a new website: http://www.allaboutbibralake.com.au.
Concerns raised include noise and air pollution, the impact on wetlands and cutting access from roads such as Hope and Forrest.
“Comments were made by residents about the state government choosing to spend its money on this freight link project which the community did not want, but then saying there was not enough money in the budget to fund the light rail project that the community does want,” Ms Cooper added.
Perth federal Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan says money should be diverted to the Barnett government’s promised but now-delayed light rail system and freight rail.
“More than $1.6 billion is being spent to build the Perth freight link which includes Roe Highway extension 8,” she said.
“The link will be out of date in 10 years as the container terminal will need to move out of Fremantle within the next decade to cater for growth.
“The federal government has stripped $500 million for rail expansion in Perth from the budget and redirected it to an expensive 5.2km extension that will go through environmentally sensitive wetlands.”
by STEPHEN POLLOCK