AP­PLAUSE FOR MAYOR AUBREY

Melville Times - - Opinion -

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.

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