Freight link opponents vow not to give up
Protesters against the $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link will stand in the way of the bulldozers if need be, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says.
The Federal Government-funded project is rapidly gaining momentum, with a Leighton Contractors-led consortium winning the contract to build stage one, the Roe 8 highway extension, less than a week after Federal environmental approval was granted.
But opponents are vowing to not give up and “will do pretty well whatever it takes, including standing in the way”, Senator Ludlam says.
“We’re going to try and avoid that. But if push comes to shove, we’ll be here, we’ll be here in numbers and we won’t be moving,” he told 6PR yesterday.
Earlier this week, Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Dean Nalder were shouted down by protesters when they announced Leighton as the preferred contractors.
Asked whether the project could be a liability before the 2017 State election, the Premier said it would go ahead regardless.
Mr Barnett would not be drawn on whether the Government had accounted for the risk of protests delaying or disrupting work, saying only that he respected people’s right to oppose it.
“We are a trading economy and this project is essential,” he said. “It will service both Fremantle port and a future outer harbour.” AAP
Dean Nalder is surrounded by reporters and a small protest group.