Wetland supporters ramp up Roe 8 fight

The Damsel Flies West, Courtney Babb and Danna Checksfield, will perform at the fiesta. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d403397
The Damsel Flies West, Courtney Babb and Danna Checksfield, will perform at the fiesta. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d403397

Save the Beeliar Wetlands (SBW) members will hold a Winter Wetlands Fiesta on July 27, just weeks before the Environmental Protection Authority is expected to release a report supporting or opposing Roe 8.

SBW member Nandi Chinna said the wetland supporters would use money raised to continue their fight against the project.

‘We are totally committed in our opposition to Roe 8. Our campaign will not end until Roe 8 is removed from the Metropolitan Regional Scheme,’ she said.

‘Every scientific study and environmental assessment that has been done over the last 20 years has found that any attempt to put a road through this area will have unacceptable environmental impacts.’

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, who spoke two weeks ago about the need to defend Perth’s urban bushland, said he was totally against the project.

‘Roe 8 is not what the people of Perth need. It’s a disaster,’ he said.

‘Running kilometres of tarmac through a sacred site and wetlands is not going to happen on my watch.

‘It’s infrastructure that says we will be a car-dependent city. We have to be better than to say the answer to our traffic problems in to ram four lanes of highway through a site more than 1000 years old.’

Cockburn councillor Steve Portelli agreed the wetlands needed protection but said Roe 8 was an important project. ‘Roe 8 was well planned and well thought out decades ago,’ he said.

‘To argue that valuable wetlands are going to be decimated by the proposed Roe 8 is nonsense.

‘It is degraded farm land. What has been proposed, is bridging over areas adjacent to the lakes and revitalising them. So in fact the wetlands will be enhanced.’