Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

XENO­PHO­BIC, short- sighted, and ill-in­formed protesters, at­tack­ing the Perth Freight Link are part of Western Aus­tralia’s history.

Ev­ery time an im­por­tant step for­ward for the State oc­curs, they are there with their doom and gloom.

Re­cent history showed the same at­ti­tude to the North­bridge Tun­nel. It was forecast that large sec­tions of build­ings would fall into the tun­nel and oth­ers would be ir­repara­bly dam­aged.

Then there was the Man­durah rail line. This was sup­posed to come with a big debt that would take gen­er­a­tions to re­pay and no one would use it any­way.

Time has shown that it is a vi­tal part of our trans­port sys­tem; we could not func­tion with­out it.

We are for­tu­nate that a six­tyyear-old plan with road reser­va­tions is in place.

The Perth Freight Link is a one­off op­por­tu­nity to move freight from the north, to Perth Air­port and the port at Fre­man­tle, re­mov­ing con­ges­tion from Leach High­way and South Street.

Im­por­tantly, it also pro­vides ur­gently needed ac­cess to Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal.

The Perth Freight Link is a road of na­tional im­por­tance, mean­ing it would be a de­fence road.

When the link is com­plete Bi­bra Lake will be much en­hanced, and wildlife will be safe­guarded. Surely, the Greens should be pleased that thou­sands of tonnes of car­bon are not pushed into the at­mos­phere with a ded­i­cated high-speed road, elim­i­nat­ing stop/start trucks on Leach High­way and South Street.


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