Cott may join anti freight link push

COTTESLOE council will consider joining its counterparts south of the river to try to get the state government to drop its divisive $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link plan.

On Monday June 22 Cr Jack Walsh will ask his beachside council to write to the local MP—premier Colin Barnett—expressing formal opposition to the toll-road project.

The move follows a Curtin University report, released June 8, that found the freight link would cause a series of “unforeseen consequences” for the wealthy western suburbs north of the river.

The report states there will be more trucks heading down Port Beach Road and Curtin Avenue because of the government’s preference for road freight over rail.

Fremantle councillors at this week’s strategic and general services committee were chuffed to learn more people were joining the fight.

Cr David Hume said the premier caved to community pressure on council amalgamations and he might do it again on the link.

If Cr Walsh’s motion gets up, Cottesloe would join East Fremantle, Fremantle and Cockburn councils in formally opposing the project. Melville city council enthusiastically supports the Perth Freight Link, despite its impacts on scores of Palmyra homeowners and businesses.


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