Link ‘will bi­sect East Fre­man­tle’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By JON BAS­SETT

FOR­MER Swan­bourne res­i­dent Damien Flynn lost his par­ents’ fam­ily home to the West Coast High­wayServe­tus Street by­pass in the 1990s and now faces hav­ing the pro­posed $1.6 bil­lion Perth Freight Link (PFL) through his new sub­urb of East Fre­man­tle.

“I was just think­ing how my par­ents tried to fight and sur­vive the Serve­tus Street pro­ject be­fore the house we grew up in and they built in 1956 was de­mol­ished and be­came the bridge over the Serve­tus Street cut­ting that bi­sects Swan­bourne,” Mr Flynn (69) said. “This freight link will bi­sect East Fre­man­tle.”

Mr Flynn joined about 1000 protesters against the 13km PFL, com­pris­ing a truck toll clear­way from the Roe 8 sec­tion through Bi­bra Lake wet­lands to East Fre­man­tle and Fre­man­tle Port, at Stir­ling Bridge last Sun­day.

“They’re go­ing to tear up Bi­bra Lake and it’s a fam­ily area where we walk our two-year-old son around the lake each week, and even if the EPA (En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity) agrees to it, there’ll be trash ev­ery­where,” South Lake truck driver and un­de­cided voter David Jensen said.

Perth MHR Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the PFL, which the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment claims has a cash ben­e­fit ra­tio (CBR) of $2.8 for ev­ery dol­lar spent, would “not bring home the eco­nomic ba­con”. She com­mit­ted $2 mil­lion from any fu­ture La­bor gov­ern­ment to plan a route to a new Kwinana port with a claimed CBR of about $8.7 per dol­lar spent.

Fre­man­tle MHR Melissa Parke, who rep­re­sents part of Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett’s elec­torate in North Fre­man­tle, said she would stand in front of bull­doz­ers at Roe 8 if ac­tivists failed in their bid for a ju­di­cial re­view of the route’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proval handed to the Supreme Court last Fri­day.

Ear­lier this year, Main Roads WA told North Fre­man­tle the PFL across Stir­ling Bridge could com­prise two down­stream lanes.

Yesterday, Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said Roe 8’s route was de­cided but there were no de­ci­sions on the PFL’s route to the port.

“I am aware of the Supreme Court ac­tion, that will go through its due process, but I’m very com­fort­able that this pro­ject has fol­lowed due process and that it is a re­spon­si­ble pro­ject, and look for­ward to mak­ing it hap­pen,” he said.

PMH di­rec­tor of surgery Tanya Far­rell, Child and Ado­les­cent Health Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Frank Daly and Health Min­is­ter Kim Hames.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Pro­tester Damien Flynn.

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