Fremantle Port means congestion

IN reference to Garrick Martin’s letter last week, Congestion is only going to get worse, Gazette, June 9, I would just like to say that in most progressive cities around the world, there are not busy container ports right in the middle of their CBD and residential areas, severely affecting the lifestyle of residents.

It is also not true that Fremantle is the only port for thousands of miles.

There are deep-water ports both at Kwinana and Bunbury.

Fremantle residents can’t understand why we have to have our beautiful suburbs, wetlands and bushland destroyed for a highway to a port with no future.

Yes, I know we are consumers trapped in this lifestyle of having to buy imported goods, but does that mean that we have to forfeit our right to have a say in how our suburbs evolve?

We do not live in totalitarian China where so-called progress and development has destroyed what was once a very beautiful country.

And before you ask, Garrick, yes I have been to China and I was deeply shocked at the state of their cities, especially Chongqing.

For those of us who value the last vestiges of wilderness in our suburbs, it’s becoming the thin end of the wedge.

If we don’t fight to save Beeliar wetlands then once that’s gone, it’s gone forever and what’s going to be next?

And although the population of Perth is increasing, that doesn’t mean to say that the beauty of the remnant bushland areas and its associated wildlife have to be sacrificed and that we have to live in an environment which over time will resemble Chongqing.

JO RICH, North Lake.