FIRST there was the campaign to stop Roe 8, now there’s a campaign to bring it back.
A petition calling on the new McGowan government to reboot the project went a bit viral this week, with 6000 people signing up.
The petition was the brainchild of South Fremantle resident and upper house candidate Andrew Luobikis (as the Chook went to print he had buckleys of getting in, but the final lever on preference allocations hadn’t yet been pulled by the electoral commission) who said he wanted to test out whether others were feeling the same way about the abandoned project as he was.
“Six thousands signatures in less than a week with no marketing campaign was an amazing reaction from the community which vindicated the pro-Roe position,” Mr Luobikis told the Herald.
“In comparison, and over several years the Greens-led anti-Roe, Rethink the Link group has managed only 10,500 likes on their Facebook page, with many of those just curious for information.
“Living in the bubble here in Fremantle seeing all the hype around Roe 8 and Rethink the Link down this way, but you go a little further out towards Southern River a lot of people don’t give a damn.
“The Labor party are banging on about that being a decider in this election but it’s only relevant in little pockets.”
Mr Luobikis said while campaigning he got lots of comments from punters concerned about traffic congestion as the southern suburbs were infilled with housing.
He says Cockburn councillor Steve Portelli, a staunch supporter of the project, had agreed to present the petition to his council, while Melville mayor Russell Aubrey was also going to table it next month.
by CHARLIE SMITH and STEVE GRANT