ROE SECRECY REEKS OF SKULDUGGERY
SO Russell Aubrey is miffed with the Mayor of Cockburn representing his constituents and by his alleged ignorance about Roe 8 and 9 and future port requirements in Fremantle and Cockburn (Letters, February 28).
Well, with his claimed 15 years’ experience with the Perth Freight Link perhaps he can tell us what are the final plans and costing for the Link and how it will cross the Swan River to avoid the horrendous traffic snarls that already exist ie, the road to nowhere.
This is the information the State Government is not willing to provide.
One thing we can be sure of is that road vehicles of any kind will continue to use the route to Fremantle that is convenient and cost effective for them, and why shouldn't they given the high costs they have to meet to use our roads?
Then consider the traffic debacle across the river and the worsening traffic snarls north and south of any enlarged bridge that may or may not be built.
We know of the extensive adverse publicity the Melville City Council and its senior officers are receiving over their stance on Roe 8, and the money being spent by the City on advertising support for the project, as well as the treatment of Melville residents over the controversial Wave Park and high-rise developments in the City.
Perhaps the letter was meant to take the heat off these issues and divert their embarrassment to other local government councils who have legitimate concerns about the Link.
Russell Aubrey and others need to take a leaf out of the Cockburn Mayor's handbook and be seen to support ratepayer constituents.
The City's support for the Perth Freight Link and proposed developments at the Port of Fremantle are taken straight from the Liberal Party's election manifesto and will see the Port developed and then sold off, probably to overseas interests.
You can only speculate as to why the City is seen to be supporting the proponents of high-rise developments and the Wave Park against the legitimate concerns of ratepayers and is hell bent on pushing these projects through with as little scrutiny and as much secrecy as possible.
Local government is the most controversial of our three tiers of government and perhaps we can look forward to an inquiry into how councils are run.
As for Federal and State governments, there needs to be compulsory voting for local councils.
At present, with very poor voter turnouts, all local government elections results are hardly democratic.
Local governments can be run like fiefdoms controlled by just a few people with little accountability or oversight.
I vaguely recall that Paul Keating once said something in the Federal Parliament about unrepresentative elected bodies? GORDON MARSHALL, Melville.
It does not look like he will qualify as a NIMBY. KARL KELERS, Alfred Cover.