Link made to election
OCTOBER council elections could be a battleground for Perth Freight Link (PFL) opponents.
“If Cottesloe Council refuses to acknowledge the seriousness of the impact of the PFL on Cottesloe, then this association will look to field anti-PFL candidates at the October elections,” Cottesloe Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman John Hammond said.
Mr Hammond represented the association at an anti-PFL forum in Fremantle held six hours after a truck hauling two containers heading to Cottesloe rolled, trapping its seriously injured driver, on a hairpin bend on Curtin Avenue, North Fremantle about 11.15am last Tuesday.
He said the rollover showed the avenue was not safe for heavy trucks, which some residents citing Fremantle Port Authority estimates of 13,000 trucks in North Fremantle daily by 2031, fear will increase through Cottesloe because of the PFL.
Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett said the PFL provided a safer, quicker and less costly truck route, even with a toll.
“I would therefore expect the volume of heavy vehicles using Curtin Avenue and Stirling Highway to be less, not more than it would otherwise be,” Mr Barnett said.
He said the PFL’s O’Connor to North Fremantle route had not yet been decided but it would be needed for Fremantle Port’s longterm future.
The Safety Bay driver (44) of the rolled truck was in a stable condition at Royal Perth Hospital two days after the crash.
John Hammond, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam at the forum.
Case in point: the rollover in North Fremantle.