Anger over ‘Roe 9’
ELECTORS in the south of the Cottesloe electorate are feeling “unease” after Premier Colin Barnett announced a $1.1 billion Perth Freight Link tunnel – dubbed Roe 9 – to 1km south of Stirling Bridge on Sunday.
“I would say that the reaction here is one of extreme unease about the prospect of major road works invading our suburb, already burdened with heavy and growing truck movements,” North Fremantle Community Association convenor Gerard MacGill said.
Mooted PFL plans widen the bridge and modify its southern entry for more container trucks, which PFL opponents say will cause bottlenecks after the tunnel, sending more traffic to the western suburbs via North Fremantle.
Mr MacGill said Mr Barnett’s North Fremantle electors still had no information about the PFL in their suburb, and they deserved to know “immediately” so they could make “decisions about the future, not to mention their voting intentions”.
Last Thursday, about 15 Cottesloe ratepayers were at a mass rally against Roe 8 in Beeliar, before other protestors were outside Mr Barnett’s electorate office.
Mr Barnett said there would always be congestion next to Fremantle Port and he would like Roe 9 contracts signed in 2019.