Residents’ rethink call

Last week an electors meeting was held, with residents requesting the city back away from supporting the controversial road until it undertook a new, open and transparent community consultation on the PFL with residents and ratepayers.

Having resolved to support the road in July, chief executive Shayne Wilcox said the city would not change its stance.

�The city cannot and will not pre-empt any decision of council,� he said.

Rethink the Link co-|convener Kim Dravnieks said there was serious opposition from the community for the $1.6 billion project to link Roe Highway to the Fremantle Port.

She said residents were concerned not only for Palmyra, but for other suburbs outside the City of Melville and in the path of the proposed toll road.

�We just need to keep putting pressure on council and the State and Federal Governments,� she said.

�We aren�t getting the data we want and we haven�t been consulted properly.�

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the clear message from an increasing number of local governments and their communities was for the immediate stop to the PFL.

�There needs to be a round- table series of meetings called by the Premier to examine alternative options to the proposed route of the PFL,� he said.

�Reviewing the Infrastructure Australia Report would be a good starting point.�

That report, which was released last week, drew criticism from a number of fronts.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said the project was �doomed� and Federal Labor MP for Perth Alannah MacTiernan said the �PFL�s countless flaws and questionable genesis were dragged into the spotlight� by the document.

But assistant Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Jamie Briggs argued the report showed the PFL was �the infrastructure solution WA needed�.

On Thursday, the City of Kwinana released the Indian Ocean Gateway plan, which backed an outer harbour at Cockburn Sound.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the tender for the sale of Fremantle Port should require the construction of the first stage of the outer harbour within 10 years.