No mandate on Roe 8
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