Freight link op­po­nents vow not to give up

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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

Pic­ture: Michael O’Brien

Dean Nalder is sur­rounded by re­porters and a small protest group.

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