Aubrey un­cowed on Roe

Melville Times - - News -

MELVILLE Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey be­lieves the more than 5000 sig­na­to­ries to an on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for Roe 8 to be built shows there is still wide­spread com­mu­nity sup­port for the project.

Mr Aubrey said he be­lieved the com­mu­nity re­mained firmly be­hind Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link.

“The Mar­itime Union of Aus­tralia funded a multi-mil­lion dol­lar La­bor cam­paign to stop Roe High­way in order to pre­vent the ul­ti­mate pri­vati­sa­tion of Fre­man­tle port and the fear that it would be au­to­mated and cost MUA mem­bers’ jobs,” he said.

“The en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns were just a sideshow and can not be ra­tio­nalised against the im­pact of the con­struc­tion of the outer har­bour.

“The com­mu­nity did not vote to sup­port the MUA in this re­gard.

“Clearly with (in­com­ing Bic­ton MLA and for­mer Melville coun­cil­lor) Lisa O’Mal­ley and many other can­di­dates ben­e­fit­ting from this fund­ing, the Outer Har­bour is just an­other fur­phy.”

Mr Aubrey said he re­mained com­mit­ted to cam­paign­ing for the con­struc­tion of the Perth Freight Link.

“Joe Fran­cis was fore­most amongst par­lia­men­tar­i­ans who were gen­er­ally si­lenced by the Premier on Roe High­way, leav­ing me and the City of Melville to push the bar­row and suf­fer union and ac­tivist re­buke on this mat­ter for many years,” he said.

“The news is that I am not in­tim­i­dated by the dis­gust­ing per­sonal at­tacks or the threats and I will be con­tin­u­ing to fight for the Roe by­pass for the safety and well­be­ing of Melville, Cock­burn and Fre­man­tle res­i­dents.”

His com­ments came de­spite a land­slide State Elec­tion win for La­bor, which has vowed to scrap the Perth Freight Link.

New Premier Mark McGowan has al­ready in­structed con­trac­tors to put down their tools and is in the process of ter­mi­nat­ing con­tracts.

De­feated se­nior Lib­eral Joe Fran­cis has pub­li­cally stated the cost of can­celling Roe 8 could reach be­tween $80 mil­lion and $100 mil­lion, while Mr McGowan be­lieves the fig­ure will be closer to $30 mil­lion.

The on­line pe­ti­tion is avail­able at www.change.org/p/mark-mcgowan-build-roe8-be­fore-it-s-too-late. Melville Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey

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