Perth Freight Link: Mayors of Fremantle, Cockburn and Kwinana question results of poll showing support for controversial road

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett.
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett.

THREE southern councils have questioned the results of a poll which found a large portion West Australians are in favour of the Perth Freight Link (PFL).

The ReachTEL poll of 1700 people found 45 per cent were in favour of the controversial project extending Roe Highway to the Fremantle Port.

A further 31 per cent were against it while 24 per cent were undecided.

But in a joint statement this afternoon, Cockburn, Kwinana and Fremantle questioned the results.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the State Government should not use the results as a sign to push forward with the PFL, saying it would be “poor policy making”.

“We know that across the southern corridor, residents, businesses and local communities are united in the need for governments to invest in infrastructure that will support jobs, industry and boost trade,” she said.

“We don’t need half-cocked opinion-poll led politics when it comes to the future of our community.”

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett again called for the full business case to support the road to be made public.

“Roe 8 is a misguided and ill-fated plan which will plough through sensitive wetlands to achieve a band-aid solution to a much more complex matter,” he said

“If there is such a strong economic case for this investment, why do they continue to deny the community access to this information?”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the project should be paused, and said it “makes sense to provide more time for the community to understand as much as they possibly can about the project and its impacts on them before the final decision is made”.