Coun­cil won’t op­pose link

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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