Coun­cil shoots down Roe 8 poll idea

PORTELLI’S MO­TION TO SUR­VEY RES­I­DENTS DE­FEATED

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE will be no com­mu­nity poll on Roe 8 af­ter a bid to have one held was voted down by City of Cock­burn coun­cil­lors ear­lier this month.

Coun­cil­lor Steve Portelli put for­ward a mo­tion rec­om­mend­ing the City sur­vey 1000 res­i­dents in each of its three wards on the scrapped ex­ten­sion of Roe High­way to Stock Road.

“If we were to go back to the State Gov­ern­ment and say the ma­jor­ity of Cock­burn res­i­dents sup­port Roe, 8 I can give you the tip they would take no­tice,” he said.

But Cr Lee-Anne Smith said it was too lit­tle too late, claim­ing Cr Portelli was “de­lud­ing” res­i­dents with sug­ges­tions the road has any chance of go­ing ahead.

“There’s no chance. It’s gone. It’s too late,” she said.

“I'm not go­ing to put for­ward $14,400 of ratepayer money to­wards an op­por­tu­nity for a poll for a road that does not ex­ist.”

Coun­cil­lors voted Cr Portelli’s mo­tion down 5-1 be­fore back­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion from gov­er­nance and com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Don Green en­cour­ag­ing no sur­vey and for the City to mon­i­tor re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Roe 8 work site.

A pro­posal for a poll was last re­jected by City coun­cil­lors in Novem­ber.

At the time, coun­cil­lors backed a rec­om­men­da­tion from Cr Portelli that the City not com­mis­sion a sur­vey.

He said he had not sup­ported the pre­vi­ous con­sid­er­a­tion be­cause the pro­posed poll ques­tion was worded to min­imise sup­port for Roe 8 and be­cause con­tracts had al­ready been signed by the pre­vi­ous State Gov­ern­ment to be­gin work.

La­bor scrapped the Roe 8 project af­ter com­ing into power at the March State Elec­tion.

Re­me­di­a­tion of the cleared land has started.

O’CONNOR

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