APPLAUSE FOR MAYOR AUBREY
IN response to the comments in Opinion (Times, April 4) I point out the following.
Mayor Aubrey was not the only person spending ratepayers’ money on the issue of Roe 8. Let’s not forget that the Cockburn Shire also spent a great deal of ratepayers money on opposing it. Do I hear howls of anguish over that?
Whilst Labor used Roe 8 as part of its election platform, the Transport Workers Union (Labor stalwarts) is now questioning what the new government is going to do to relieve the congestion on our roads that Roe 8, which had been on the planning books for years, was designed to do.
The design put forward by the Barnett government was environmentally sound, not destructive, with the majority of the clearing being undertaken along the power line access road. I know this is the case as, unlike many protesters, I actually walk around the lakes and have done so for nearly 20 years.
Added to this is the argument that a new port with access roads should be built in Cockburn. If the construction of a new port goes ahead, what about the damage to sea grass and marine life when the port access channel has to be dredged and where will the roads to access the port go?
After all we have wetlands, including Thompson Lakes, all down the coastline and surely we can’t save it all and have new roads.
Will we see protesters displaying the same disgusting behaviour if the new port goes ahead?
At least Mayor Aubrey and his fellow protesters did not tie themselves to machinery and trees, set their legs in concrete blocks or defecate in the construction machinery. JILL BLACK, Kardinya.