Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

The lat­est fi­asco with Stephen Smith try­ing to take over the WA La­bor lead­er­ship was the last straw. This is not an episode of GameOfThro­nes. This is our lives you are mess­ing with. I can­not help but won­der why the peo­ple in govern­ment fail to see the link be­tween fund­ing cuts to freely avail­able early learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties like the li­brary and poor school prepa­ra­tion. REX Sal­lur, go fetch some facts (Cause for worry, Gazette, March 15).

Start with the District Traf­fic Study 2013 com­mis­sioned by the City of Cock­burn where it clearly shows the ben­e­fits of Roe 8; then the lat­est of­fi­cers’ re­port of the Au­gust 2015 or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.

Smoke and mir­rors again re­fer­ring to the outer har­bour; Cock­burn is the desti­na­tion for 35,000 to 50,000 ve­hi­cles a day, not Freo har­bour, not the pro­posed outer har­bour, it is Cock­burn.

Dou­ble this and that is the daily traf­fic move­ments go­ing off our lo­cal roads to use Roe 8.

Re­think your think­ing or maybe just get in­formed and have a think.

Yes, Roe 8 will af­fect the fringes of the wetlands. How­ever, it will have less en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts with it built, amongst nu­mer­ous other ben­e­fits.

Think about the rat runs run­ning east-west now: Far­ring­ton Road, Bibra Drive, North Lake Road, Ber­ri­gan Drive, Beel­iar Drive, Dis­cov­ery Drive and other mi­nor roads; they will have huge re­duc­tions in traf­fic.

Far­ring­ton Road 50,000 ve­hi­cles fewer each day, Bibra Drive 10,000 fewer and North Lake Road 35,000 fewer a day.

Now just think about those last three roads men­tioned.

With­out Roe 8 they will need t be up­graded with ex­tra lanes. With Roe 8, they will not.

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