Opponents to Roe 8 gather for second day to protest erection of fence

An opponent to Roe 8 on during protests. Picture: Bryce Luff
Picture: Bryce Luff
Picture: Bryce Luff
Picture: Bryce Luff
An opponent to Roe 8 on during protests. Picture: Bryce Luff Picture: Bryce Luff Picture: Bryce Luff Picture: Bryce Luff

OPPONENTS to Roe 8 have gathered for a second straight day to voice opposition to the proposed highway extension through Beeliar Wetlands.

Temporary fencing is currently being erected ahead of the road’s actual construction, which the State Government plans to begin later this month.

Some fencing on North Lake Road had to be re-installed after it was knocked over last night.

A police spokesman said 17 move-on notices were issued this morning but most people had been well behaved.

About 60 protestors were on site this morning.

WA police were also there to monitor the crowd and allow workers to go about their business.

Hamilton Hill resident Christine Duckham said it was likely protestors would remain all day.

“We’re not happy a fence has been erected because we’ve had advice from Main Roads significant trees will be removed before Christmas,” Ms Duckham said.

“The fence is specifically to keep us out.”

Part of the issue for protestors stems from a pending appeal, with Save Beeliar Wetlands keen to challenge the State and Federal-funded project in the High Court.

A special leave hearing is scheduled for December 16.

“It’s premature because the appeal for the High Court hasn’t occurred so none of this (fencing) should be happening until the appeal has been heard,” Ms Duckham said.

“It’s unbelievable a decision can be made before legal matters have been settled.”

Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the High Court appeal would not delay the project.

Roe 8 is the first stage of a Federal and State plan to extend Roe Highway through to Fremantle.

The road will cut through wetlands in Bibra Lake, which have been described by activists as the “Kings Park of the south”.