Council won’t oppose link
COTTESLOE Council has voted for a second time to not oppose the controversial $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link.
Opponents claim the link could send container trucks looking to avoid the link’s proposed toll through the Town.
“I urge you to be less political and more thoughtful for the long-term future of Cottesloe,” proponent Cr Sally Syvis said at last week’s meeting.
In June, another motion opposing the PFL was tied 3-3, before Mayor Jo Dawkins used her casting vote not to oppose the link.
Last week, PFL opponent Cr Jack Walsh criticised a staff report that said Curtin University and Fremantle Council reports on the PFL, both of which had Fremantle Port Authority figures of up to 13,200 trucks in North Fremantle by 2031, were “not based on particular references”.
“I see a graph, used by the reports and the officers, showing port trucks doubling by 2027, and therefore trucks doubling on Curtin Avenue,” Cr Walsh said.
Main Roads estimates up to 42 per cent of port trucks use side roads.
Deputy Mayor Peter Jeanes said the worst outcome for Cottesloe would be if neither the PFL or the stalled Kwinana outer harbour were built, resulting in more trucks going through Cottesloe to avoid a bottleneck.
Cr Rob Rowell said opposing the PFL would not change trucks’ use of Curtin Avenue because there was no alternative north from Fremantle Port.
Opposing the PFL failed in a 3-5 vote, but all councillors supported asking the State Government to remove Cottesloe roads from routes used by trucks with restricted loads.
They also urged the Government to cap Fremantle Port containers and build the outer harbour.