Councillor extends support

East ward councillor Steve Portelli said the City�s official stance did not represent the views of the wider Cockburn area, despite the council recently reaffirming its opposition to the project and even offering up $25,000 for a community campaign.

Cr Portelli has made no secret of his support for the road and last week called on community groups from across the City to have their say.

�At present there is a loud minority saying �no� to Roe 8,� Cr Portelli said.

�Let�s let them hear the other side. You cannot train goods to our industrial areas, to our shopping centres, nor our thousands of businesses.

�Let�s start being part of the engagement in getting what we want in the design to minimise the impact on the wetland areas and maximise the benefits through the Bibra Lake area.�

The Bibra Lake Residents Association recently gathered more than 1000 signatures from people opposed to the 5km extension through Bibra Lake and significant road changes in suburbs along Stock Road.

The extension is part of the |$1.58 billion Perth Freight Link project which the State and Federal governments believe is the best way to create an east-west freight connection between Kewdale, Fremantle Port and southern industrial areas.

The signatures were passed on to Willagee MLA Peter Tinley and Cockburn MLA Fran Logan, who put them to Parliament over multiple days last week.

�It�s a sustained approach,� Mr Tinley said.

�I�ll be doing it until I�ve exhausted all signatures.�

Mr Tinley said the road would be a �dirty, big, black scar on the community� and described it as a sleeper project that was gaining opposition as people realised how they would be affected and that their homes could make way for the road.

�It�s not just an environmental issue anymore,� he said.

The City was sought for comment.