Lose the Link, re­port says


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should with­draw sup­port and its por­tion of fund­ing for the $1.9 bil­lion Perth Freight Link (PFL), a Se­nate in­quiry has con­cluded.

The Ru­ral and Re­gional Af­fairs and Trans­port Ref­er­ences Com­mit­tee also rec­om­mended the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment se­ri­ously con­sider a sec­ond port based in Kwinana.

Com­mit­tee chair­man and La­bor Sen­a­tor Glenn Sterle said cur­rent ev­i­dence made it clear the PFL, which would link Roe High­way to the Fre­man­tle Port, was not worth such a gi­ant in­vest­ment, de­scrib­ing the pro­posal as “poorly and hur­riedly con­ceived”.

“Most se­ri­ously, the project does not in­cor­po­rate a strat­egy to im­prove traf­fic flows through Fre­man­tle to the port it­self,” he said.

“This means the project is likely to cause traf­fic con­ges­tion around the Stir­ling Bridge.

“The com­mit­tee un­der- stands that up­grades to bridges into Fre­man­tle alone could add as much as $500 mil­lion to cap­i­tal costs.”

The com­mit­tee also rec­om­mended the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment con­sider more closely a sec­ond har­bour, based on the City of Kwinana’s In­dian Ocean Gate­way pro­posal.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder was sought for com­ment.

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