Anger over ‘Roe 9’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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