Push for Roe 9 decision

Palmyra resident Tania Smirke wants to know if she will lose her family home.
Palmyra resident Tania Smirke wants to know if she will lose her family home.

A DECISION on the second stage of the $1.6b Perth Freight Link (PFL) could be 12 months away but residents along the two proposed routes say they want a decision now.

Premier Colin Barnett recently said Roe 8, the rail line between the airport and Forrestfield and the Swan Valley Bypass would take priority over Roe 9.

Roe 8 will extend Roe Highway to Stock Road and Roe 9 would take it through to Stirling Bridge.

A decision on Roe 9 had been promised before the end of the year, but that will not happen.

“We might see where we’re at in 12 month’s time but for the moment all of our effort is on Roe 8, the rail line to the airport and Forrestfield and the Swan Valley Bypass,” Mr Barnett said.

“They are the highest priorities.

“They’re the ones that will all start next year.”

That provided no comfort for residents along the two alternative paths.

Tania Smirke is one of many residents and businesses at risk of losing their homes should Roe 9 extend down Stock Road and High Street.

The Palmyra resident was sent a letter by Main Roads in April promising a decision would be made this month.

That letter has her convinced Roe 9 will mean her family’s home is lost. “The decision to delay the announcement on Roe 9 leaves us in limbo. We can’t do a single thing,” she said.

“We don’t want to wait anymore. The more this gets dragged out, the more bitter we become.”

The second proposal is to take Roe Highway east to Hamilton Hill.

A tunnel, starting just before Clontarf Hill, would emerge at Stirling Highway.

Hamilton Hill Community Group president Maureen Fisher-Sim believes the Government will ultimately choose the tunnel option.

“There’s just a feeling of uncertainty,” she said.

“We’ve been trying to organise a meeting with the Government since June. We want to be part of the decision.”