Not surprisingly, this project has a number of concerns for residents in Bibra Lake. Primarily the chosen route cuts through the Beeliar Wetlands, running between North Lake and Bibra Lake. Not just the alignment, but how much noise, traffic and light will this project create during construction and when it's complete ?
So far, there has been a big push by many groups and parties against the proposal. But, lets face it, the current situation with traffic and freight is appalling. There are concerns that there is a silent majority for the Perth Freight Link who just don't shout up. If you do want this major infrastructure plan then let us know. We want to hear your views also. Drop an email to email@example.com
The $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link is a high standard road and freight connection from Kewdale to Fremantle Port.
The project is a major project intended to improve connectivity from the Roe Highway to Fremantle Port. This section of road forms a key link in the overall Frieght Route from the port to join the Great Northern Highway at Muchea. In conjunction with the Northlink project and Gateway project, it will provide a through freigth link with significant improvements to travel times and reduced congestion. Full project details can be found on the Main Roads website. A link to the project page can be found here
Concept drawings developed for the 'Roe 8' section of the project can be found here
Roe 8 Legal Battle Won But The War Is Not Over Yet
GREAT VICTORY IN COURT BY SAVE BEELIAR WETLANDS
WA’s top judge ruled hat the environmental approval for Roe 8 was invalid. This has stopped the project immediately until the government works out it's next step.
In a great ruling the Supreme Court has restored the publics faith in the decision making process, pulling the Environment Protection Agency into line.
Chief Justice Wayne Martin found the Environmental Protection Authority ignored its own policies when it recommended that Environment Minister Albert Jacob should let the road go ahead.
Save Beeliar Wetlands raised $50,000 by crowd funding to fight this legal battle.
The ruling determined that EPA policies which say environmental offsets cannot be used to render a plan acceptable where not followed by the EPA The EPA relied upon these offsets to grant permission for the Roe 8 to the government.
“The assessment report is fundamentally inconsistent with, and indeed contrary to, the policy enunciated,” Justice Martin wrote.
“The contrast between the two approaches is so stark as to strongly support an inference that the policy enunciated in those published statements was not taken into account by the EPA in its assessment of the proposal.
“I have concluded the EPA was legally obliged to take account of the policy enunciated in its own published policy.
“I have therefore concluded that the environmental impact assessment undertaken by the EPA was invalid.”
Colin Barnett still insists that this project will go ahead however. Nothing but nothing will stop this man from seeing this project go ahead.
Well done to Save Beeliar Wetlands, the local communities, City of Cockburn, City of Fremantle and the Australian justice system.
AWAS historic site of importance to be impacted by Roe 8 ?
The history of the AWAS site can be found here.
We know of no other AWAS sites in Australia and to lose the potential opportunity to preserve and enhance this piece of history to Roe 8 would be heartbreaking.
The City of Cockburn was asked to list this as a Heritage Site. The Council has enthusiastically taken on this request and have had an independent, historical consultant assess the site and he has recommended its Heritage Site listing. This has gone to Council and they have voted to approve the site for a very high level of Heritage listing.
It is also interesting that this site is in the electorate of Joe Francis, WA Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Joe was previously advised when the site was first located. But this was before it was recognised that the site was the Regimental Headquarters and housed about 200 women – so it is much larger than our original discovery. This size is important as the construction of the new highway, Roe 8/Perth Freight Link, will destroy the site. We need support in convincing our government that they will be totally destroying and important part of our history. Joe Francis currently supports the building of this highway through the site. He has been asked to reconsider his view on Roe 8 in line with his duty as Minister for Veteran Affairs. We await his response.
City of Cockburn Opposes Roe 8
Petition Locations against the Roe Highway
The petition is now located and available for signing at :
- Bibra Lake IGA, Parkway Road, Bibra Lake
- Perth Waldorf School, 14 Gwilliam Drive, Bibra Lake
- Lakeside Retirement Village, Bibra Drive
- Office of Melissa Parke MP, 62 Wray Avenue, Fremantle
- Office of Peter Tinley MLA. Suite 1A, 273 South St, Hilton
- Office of Fran Logan MLA. Unit 5, 813 Beeliar Drive, Success ( Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre)
- Bibra Lake Primary School (reception)
- Lakes Designer Meats at Lakes Shopping Centre
Bibra Lake Residents Association have been busy in the last two weeks meeting with City of Cockburn, Fran Logan and Peter Tinley to develop an agreed plan and wording for an effective petition which is now available. This petition will be formally presented against the Roe Highway plans at the WA Parliament.
The petition will be distributed to a greater number of places shortly and a list of locations where these can be found will be listed here and on the Bibra Lake Residents Association Facebook page
Main Roads :
Main Roads WA held an Industry Briefing on 4th February to provide a project summary to prospective designers and contractors. The next step in the procurement process is to advertise for Expressions of Interest from Contractors. The EOI will be advertised on 11th February. It is anticipated that the procurement process will be completed by late 2015 with the successful Contractor commencing work in late 2015.