Link made to elec­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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