Push for work to start on Roe 8

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this month, I hope,” Mr Bar­nett told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

Save Beeliar Wet­lands and PFL op­po­nents are sched­uled to ask the court on De­cem­ber 16 for leave to ap­peal their com­plaint about Roe 8 de­stroy­ing Beeliar wet­lands from Roe High­way to Stock Road.

If suc­cess­ful, the ap­peal could be heard by the High Court in Can­berra.

The op­po­nents’ ini­tial suc­cess in the WA Supreme Court was over­turned by the WA Court of Ap­peal at the end of last year, giv­ing new im­pe­tus to the Gov­ern­ment’s plans that con­tin­ued with sur­vey­ors on the site yes­ter­day.

“I don’t know whether the High Court will lis­ten to their com­plaint or not, and if they do it’s not likely to come up for months, so in the mean­time Roe 8 will be un­der con­struc­tion,” Mr Bar­nett said.

He re­buffed that ac­cep­tance of the leave to ap­peal could ben­e­fit his forth­com­ing bid for a third premier­ship af­ter the March State Elec­tion by re­mov­ing the Roe 8 is­sue, and any as­so­ci­ated protests, from the cam­paign.

“There’s some protest, there’s some me­dia, but it’s not volatile,” he said.

Roe 8 had been the “num­ber one” is­sue in the south­ern sub­urbs at the last elec­tion and his Lib­eral Party still had swings to it.

Save Beeliar Wet­lands con­venor Kate Kelly said she thought Mr Bar­nett’s Gov­ern­ment was “quite se­ri­ous” about start­ing Roe 8 con­struc­tion this month be­cause it was ask­ing the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife to re­move an­i­mals.

Ms Kelly said the Gov­ern­ment should take away its sur­vey­ors un­til the pro­tected rain­bow bee-eater birds in Roe 8’s cor­ri­dor had stopped nest­ing about late Fe­bru­ary.

“If the High Court de­cides not to give us spe­cial leave then there are still other le­gal op­tions to use, and we are look­ing at the con­di­tions in the Gov­ern­ment’s management plans, in­clud­ing its omis­sions,” she said.

Veron­ica Yeo and Milo strolling on Point Roe’s fore­shore which may be made Bush For­ever.

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