AN­SWER ES­SEN­TIAL

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION - JO RICH, North Lake.

DOROTHY David­son’s re­cent let­ter can­not go unan­swered: she is the one who is naive to be­lieve that af­ter this high­way is built Bi­bra Lake will be much en­hanced.

With the de­struc­tion of more than 100 hectares of pris­tine na­tive bush­land and wet­lands, which are home to many en­dan­gered species in­clud­ing the Carn­aby’s black cock­a­toos, this can­not pos­si­bly be a true and ac­cu­rate state­ment.

I can't be­lieve that there are still peo­ple who be­lieve what is com­ing from the Gov­ern­ment.

Its own mod­el­ling shows that con­ges­tion will not be re­duced un­der this pro­posal and that there will be zero dif­fer­ence in the num­bers of trucks us­ing Leach High­way, es­pe­cially if it is go­ing to be a toll road... WA’s first toll road about which the Gov­ern­ment is quiet.

It is also go­ing to be the most ex­pen­sive road, cost­ing more than $100 mil­lion a kilo­me­tre.

I know Tony has pledged $0.9 bil­lion, but it is still our taxpayers’ money spent on a road to an age­ing, un­der­sized port that will be at its ca­pac­ity by 2025.

In ad­di­tion, we don't even know (be­cause the Gov­ern­ment is too scared to re­lease the plans) just how much it is go­ing to cost to up­grade the Stir­ling Bridge to take all these new trucks.

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