Mayor calls on State Government to choose rail over Roe

Fremantle’s deputy Mayor Josh Wilson, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill
Fremantle’s deputy Mayor Josh Wilson, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill

Mayors, Roe 8, state government, trucks, rail, Perth Freight Link

THE Cities of Cockburn and Fremantle and the Town of East Fremantle have called on the State Government to cease Perth Freight Link planning and instead move forward with the construction of a container park at Wattleup’s Latitude 32.

Cockburn Council adopted a late item at its monthly meeting on Thursday night, which called on them to lobby the State Government to focus on rail, rather than the contentious Roe 8 freight link extension through local wetlands and communities.

The City said the intermodal facility would carry containers to Fremantle Port on existing railway lines and road links to the east.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the alternative to Roe 8 was a long-term investment in Perth’s freight network rather than an expensive east-west link that did not consider the volume of containers heading to and from Fremantle Port through the southern metropolitan region.

Fremantle deputy Mayor Josh Wilson and East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill also supported the alternative, saying there were too many unanswered questions with Roe 8.

But Transport Minister Dean Nalder was standing firm, saying the State Government was “fully committed to Roe 8 in order to get trucks off local roads”.

For more see Tuesday’s Gazette.