HEED NOT HYS­TE­RIA

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

I WRITE as both a long-term lo­cal res­i­dent and an ex­pe­ri­enced trans­port and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant con­cerned that the pub­lic is be­ing se­ri­ously mis­led by ill-in­formed and mis­guided po­lit­i­cal and green ac­tivism in con­nec­tion with the Perth Freight Link.

Western Aus­tralia is one of the great­est trad­ing prov­inces in the world. With just 11 per cent of Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion, we are re­spon­si­ble for more than 40 per cent of Aus­tralia’s mer­chan­dise ex­ports.

The WA brand of ef­fi­ciency, cando ex­per­tise and pro­fes­sion­al­ism we should all be so proud of shows up not only in our re­sources and agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries but also in the su­perb plan­ning and op­er­a­tion of our roads, rail­ways, ports and pub­lic trans­port.

We should have ev­ery con­fi­dence in this same pro­fes­sion­al­ism that is now di­rected at en­sur­ing the State’s heavy freight needs are prop­erly served.

We should not be de­ceived that the Outer Har­bour will in any way ever re­place the present In­ner Har­bour.

The Outer Har­bour en­vi­ron­men­tal plan­ning and ap­provals alone will make the seven long years it took for ap­proval for the freight link look like a Sun­day school pic­nic.

With the project pro­vid­ing $2.60 worth of ben­e­fits for ev­ery dol­lar in­vested and the Com­mon­wealth of­fer­ing to con­trib­ute more than 60 per cent of $1.9 bil­lion cost, the PFL rep­re­sents a mar­vel­lous in­vest­ment for WA.

We should think twice be­fore heed­ing hys­te­ria ped­dled by mis­guided and ill-in­formed green ac­tivists and lo­cal of­fi­cials whose ex- per­tise in de­liv­er­ing mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices does not ex­tend to plan­ning, fund­ing and con­struct­ing world­class heavy freight links. STE­FAN FRODSHAM, East Fre­man­tle.

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