BISHOP AL­LAYS PFL FEARS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

CURTIN MHR Julie Bishop says vot­ers in the south of her elec­torate should not fear that the con­tro­ver­sial Perth Freight Link (PFL) will send more trucks from Fre­man­tle Port through Cottes­loe.

“With both cost and time sav­ings from Roe 8 and sec­tion two of Perth Freight Link, there will be no in­cen­tive for ad­di­tional trucks to seek al­ter­nate routes such as head­ing north from the port as it would not make any sense, eco­nom­i­cally or op­er­a­tionally,” Ms Bishop told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

Concern that the PFL would en­able Fre­man­tle Port con­tainer move­ments to tre­ble to two mil­lion by 2030, with a cor­re­spond­ing in­crease on Cottes­loe’s Curtin Av­enue, prompted Cottes­loe coun­cil­lor San­dra Boul­ter to run as a sin­gle-is­sue can­di­date at the Fed­eral elec­tion.

Ms Bishop said pri­vate in­vest­ment in a Kwinana port would only hap­pen when there was a “suf­fi­ciently sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume” of trade to make it vi­able, be­fore which the PFL was cru­cial to pro­vid­ing an “ef­fi­cient” link to Fre­man­tle Har­bour.

Ms Boul­ter said she wanted po­ten­tially in­creased pol­lu­tion and truck con­ges­tion in Cottes­loe on “the elec­tion radar” af­ter the Coali­tion re­mained res­o­lute about it con­tribut­ing $1.2 bil­lion to the $1.9 bil­lion PFL.

“The main is­sue is there’s al­ready 300 con­tainer trucks daily, on top of about a thou­sand nor­mal freight trucks, which are OK, but if the ex­pan­sion of Fre­man­tle Port that is an­tic­i­pated goes ahead then the con­tain­ers could go up to 900 each day,” Ms Boul­ter said.

The State and pre­vi­ously Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment-funded Freight and Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil of WA chal­lenges the claims. Chair­man Fred Af­fleck said while 85 per cent of con­tain­ers were trucked, less than 12 per cent used Port Beach Road, which links to Curtin Av­enue and north­ern sub­urbs.

“Con­tainer truck move­ments on Port Beach Road have fallen re­cently as the econ­omy slows and now rep­re­sent only 2 per cent of over­all ve­hi­cle move­ments on that road,” he said.

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