‘Thank you’ La­bor bill­boards to go

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

BILL­BOARDS thank­ing WA La­bor for fund­ing the pro­posed Ar­madale Road Bridge will be scrapped af­ter a coun­cil meet­ing ear­lier this month.

City of Cock­burn coun­cil­lors backed a rec­om­men­da­tion from coun­cil­lor Steve Portelli call­ing for the City to stop ad­ver­tise­ments and me­dia cam­paigns thank­ing the new Govern­ment for the bridge pledge.

Part of the City’s ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign in­cluded re-skin­ning seven bill­boards, at a to­tal cost of $4485, with the mes­sage: “Thank you WA La­bor for fund­ing Ar­madale Road Bridge”.

The mes­sage re­lates to La­bor’s pre-elec­tion prom­ise to halt Roe 8 and di­vert fund­ing to the $166 mil­lion fly­over join­ing Ar­madale Road to North Lake Road if it won govern­ment.

Cr Portelli’s rec­om­men­da­tion was backed 6-2 by elected mem­bers.

With City chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Cain re­veal­ing the boards had run their cy­cle and were due to be re­placed any­way, Cr Portelli said the motion was “more sym­bolic than any­thing”.

“I wanted to expand on my motion and rea­son­ing but got bu­reau­cracy thrown at me,” he said.

“A wa­tered down motion even­tu­ally got through, which was bet­ter than noth­ing. We need to stay away from politics and in­gra­ti­at­ing our­selves to any party.”

Mr Cain pre­vi­ously ar­gued the signs were sim­ply a re­minder to the Govern­ment it had a prom­ise to keep.

Ques­tioned about fund­ing for the bridge dur­ing pub­lic ques­tion time, Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said he spoke with Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti on April 12.

“(The State Govern­ment is) hav­ing dis­cus­sions with the Fed­eral Govern­ment and In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia in terms of the re­al­lo­ca­tion of funds from the Roe 8 project to other projects the State Govern­ment high­lighted dur­ing its (State Elec­tion) cam­paign,” he said.

“We’re wait­ing to hear fur­ther in­for­ma­tion as a re­sult of those meet­ings that are on­go­ing.”

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