CLAIMS FALSE

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

SOME sup­port­ers of Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link have been mis­lead­ing your read­ers by say­ing that the pro­posed Outer Har­bour in Cock­burn Sound will be more en­vi­ron­men­tally dam­ag­ing than Roe 8.

Their claims are clearly false, as I shall ex­plain.

The pre­vi­ous State Govern­ment planned the ac­cess to the Outer Har­bour via the Kwinana Free­way and Tonkin High­way with con­nec­tions to Row­ley, An­ketell and Thomas roads. This was part of its Metropoli­tan Freight Strat­egy.

All of th­ese roads are al­ready in place, ex­cept for the Row­ley Road ex­ten­sion and that was sub­jected to an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact study by Main Roads in 2004.

Af­ter con­sid­er­able pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, an agreed route was found that caused min­i­mal en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. Fur­ther- more, the Outer Har­bour will be con­structed in a highly de­graded part of Cock­burn Sound where there are no re­main­ing sea grass beds and the ship­ping chan­nels are al­ready in place and have been used for many years.

Con­trast this with the enor­mous de­struc­tion of high-qual­ity banksia wood­land and wet­land re­quired to con­struct Roe 8 and you can see how base­less their claims are.

Fur­ther­more, they know that the Outer Har­bour will still be needed soon af­ter 2020, re­gard­less of whether Roe 8 and the PFL are built or not.

So why de­grade this pre­cious bio­di­ver­sity and de­stroy the Beel­iar wetlands for such a short-term ob­jec­tive?

The Perth Freight Link is clearly a fa­tally flawed and highly waste­ful pro­ject and the State Govern­ment should re­di­rect the fund­ing into the Outer Har­bour pro­ject.

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