Labor facing ‘difficult’ call
THE State Opposition is yet to decide if it will scrap Roe 8 if it is elected.
The road project, which will extend Roe Highway to Stock Road, together with a new interchange at Stock Road, has been valued at $450 million.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion recently released contracts for the project in Parliament.
WA Labor has sought legal advice over ramifications for terminating the contract, but it remains unclear if the party will scrap the project if elected at the March election.
Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said that call was made more difficult because “pages and pages” were missing from the contracts supplied.
“Based on the redacted version of the contract, we are getting legal advice to inform us on how we can negotiate out of the contract,” she said.
“The fact remains the Government should have never signed the contract so close to the election.
“We call on the Government to release the amended contract immediately and in full.”
Ms Saffioti said Labor “do not want to build the road”.
“The road does not form part of our plans for freight and trade for the metropolitan area,” she said.
Mr Marmion said the “Parliamentary disclosure of the Roe 8 documentation demonstrates the Government’s confidence in the procurement process”.
“We are committed to delivering the project to reduce congestion, enhance freight efficiency and improve safety outcomes for road users in Perth’s southern suburbs,” he said.
“The Opposition has been playing politics with this project since day one, rather than taking the time to understand the many benefits this project will bring.”
An artist’s impression of what Roe 8 could look like in Bibra Lake.