Link stays on track: Perth Freight Link

ON September 15, Community Newspaper Group reporter Bryce Luff was invited by Jayde Transport on a ride-along to deliver containers between the company’s bases at North Fremantle and Forrestfield.

The company is in favour of the Perth Freight Link, an extension of Roe Highway from the Kwinana Freeway through to Stirling Bridge in Fremantle.

Branch manager Ray U’Chong said his views were unlikely to be popular.

“I know I’ll be in the minority,” he said.

“I’m not saying demolish everything, you’ve got to respect the environment.

“But freight is massive to the economy and traffic at the moment is painful.”

Those against the Roe Highway extension believed a change in federal leadership was an opportunity for the Government to scrap the road before contracts were signed this month.

But a spokeswoman for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said the Government remained steadfast.

“The Government is committed to its funding of almost $1 billion for the Perth Freight Link,” she said.

“The Government is focused on making sure we get the best infrastructure outcomes for our cities, whether that be roads or rail.”

Rethink The Link members have written to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt with their concerns about the project.

In a letter signed by 36 mayors, politicians, community group leaders and unions, members cited a flawed approval process, an ongoing Senate inquiry, the loss of wetlands and opposition from traditional owners.

Members argued there had been no cost benefit analysis provided for an independent review, and a former army camp site could be destroyed.