La­bor fac­ing ‘dif­fi­cult’ call

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

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.

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