No man­date on Roe 8

The West Australian - - AGENDA -

I read (News, 8/11) the State La­bor Gov­ern­ment has aims to erase Roe 8 from fu­ture plan­ning by amend­ing the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion Scheme — on the ba­sis it has a “man­date” for such ac­tion.

I be­lieve the rout at the last State elec­tion had many causes. Roe 8 had lit­tle im­pact, if any.

Along with many oth­ers, I am con­cerned about the ever in­creas­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion on Leach High­way and ad­ja­cent roads, par­tic­u­larly in­volv­ing heavy ve­hi­cles.

I was greatly dis­ap­pointed by the de­ci­sion to cease the ex­ten­sion of Roe 8. In my view it would have min­i­mal long term ef­fect on the Beel­iar wet­lands.

Look­ing closely at the bush clear­ing — now aban­doned — in prepa­ra­tion for the Roe 8 ex­ten­sion it can be seen that the long sec­tion be­tween Progress Drive and Cool­bellup Av­enue is en­tirely out­side the wet­lands.

In ad­di­tion, Hope Road has long ex­isted in the re­serve be­tween North and South lakes. Much of the rest is scrubby bush­land largely in­ac­ces­si­ble and rarely vis­ited by many.

So with mind­ful pro­tec­tion of the road re­serve, the only true “wet­lands” af­fected would be a short sec­tion west of Bi­bra Drive. Much of Hope Road could be re­moved and re­ha­bil­i­tated into the Bi­bra Lake Re­serve and its ad­join­ing Beel­iar Re­gional Park.

In any case, any amend­ment in the MRS could well be re­versed by sub­se­quent gov­ern­ments.

Tom Stacy, Kardinya

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