Poll po­si­tion de­nied

CITY WON’T SEEK RESIDENTS’ VIEWS

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE City of Cock­burn will not poll residents on their view of the $1.9 bil­lion Perth Freight Link.

The coun­cil’s po­si­tion against the con­struc­tion of the link, which is pro­posed to con­nect Roe High­way to the port in Fre­man­tle, is based on anec­do­tal ev­i­dence that most of the com­mu­nity is against it and a poll on this is­sue would have been a first.

But de­spite a rec­om­men­da­tion from a coun­cil of­fi­cer that the City spend $7200 on a phone poll of 1500 residents, that will not hap­pen.

At its meet­ing on Thurs­day night, coun­cil­lors in­stead sup­ported East ward Cr Steve Portelli’s al­ter­na­tive which rec­om­mended the coun­cil not com­mis­sion a poll on Roe 8.

Cr Portelli said the pro­posed poll ques­tion – “Do you op­pose the con­struc­tion of the Perth Freight Link (PFL)/Roe 8 be­tween Kwinana Free­way and Stir­ling Bridge?” – was worded to min­imise sup­port for Roe 8.

He said the “un­known will cause con­cern” among Cock­burn residents who may have been polled.

“The poll is also moot as the con­tracts are signed and con­struc­tion is to start within a month, so why waste $7000?” he said.

“Why waste of­fi­cers’ time col­lat­ing re­sults and re­port­ing back to coun­cil?

“If such a poll was to be car­ried out then we should have en­sured a big­ger sam­ple spread out over Cock­burn prop­erly.”

The vote fin­ished square at 4-4, with Mayor Lo­gan Howlett us­ing his cast­ing vote to back Cr Portelli's rec­om­men­da­tion.

Cr Kevin Allen, who in Sep- tem­ber prompted the City to look into the pos­si­bil­ity of the poll due to the ex­ten­sive de­bate and emo­tion brought on by the road, said it would have clar­i­fied what the com­mu­nity thought.

“We have some coun­cil­lors say­ing there’s no com­mu­nity sup­port for Roe 8 and oth­ers say­ing there is sup­port,” he said.

“The poll would have clar­i­fied the po­si­tion.”

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Pic­ture: Robin Kor­net www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d461004

In­ter­na­tional mu­si­cian Phil Wal­ley-Stack shows his sup­port for Snapperth.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of Roe 8 in Bi­bra Lake.

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