Blockade a last resort: Perth Freight Link protest

Protestors opposed to the Perth Freight Link gathered in Bibra Lake last Thursday.
Protestors opposed to the Perth Freight Link gathered in Bibra Lake last Thursday.

MORE than 100 people have made a symbolic pledge to protect wetlands and homes against the Perth Freight Link (PFL), and promised to put bodies on the line if necessary.

Last Thursday morning anti-PFL protestors took to Bibra Lake to place locks on a fence.

The locks were symbols of opposition to the proposed $1.65 billion toll road linking Roe Highway to Fremantle Port.

More direct action, including setting up camps and blockades, could also be on the cards, if other avenues to stop the project are unsuccessful.

Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan said people standing in front of bulldozers would be a last resort.

“What we want the Government to do is have a complete and open review of this project,” she said.

That review looks unlikely, with a spokeswoman for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet telling the Gazette recently the Government remains committed to funding its almost $1 billion share of the project’s cost.

Tania Smirke is one of 1000 people who have pledged their opposition to the road.

The Palmyra resident could lose her home if Leach Highway is widened and is working around the clock to finish renovations so her family can be adequately compensated.

“It is crushing knowing you’re finishing your home only for someone to come in and bulldoze it,” she said.

“Every time you go to do something or touch something, I ask myself why I’m doing it.

“But I know it has to be done because we’ll be penalised with the evaluation,” she said.