BICTON MLA Lisa O’Malley has welcomed the Liberal Party bringing up the Roe 8 issue again, saying “bring it on”.
Ms O’Malley said the project was a key issue at the 2017 State Election and was “soundly rejected.”
It follows Opposition Leader Liza Harvey’s pledge that her party would build Roe 8 and 9 if elected in 2021 as part of the Perth Freight Link project.
“If Liza Harvey and the Liberal Party want to take a massively unpopular policy to an election again, then I welcome the opportunity to fight and so does my community,” she said.
“Bring it on. For the people of Palmyra and East Fremantle in particular, Roe 9 remains a potential threat to homes and businesses.”
Ms Harvey said Roe 8 was needed to “take young mums out of harm’s way”, help tradesmen get to work quicker and get trucks off local roads.
Ms O’Malley claimed Bicton in 2017 by a relatively narrow 4 per cent, with preferences key to her win.
The State Government announced today that its policy to raise the container rail subsidy had resulted in just over 20 per cent of freight being delivered to the Fremantle Inner Harbour by rail in the 2018-19 financial year.
Increasing freight on rail was among Labor’s policies brought in as an alternative to the Perth Freight Link proposal.
In a statement, the government said this was up from 15.5 per cent just prior to the subsidy being introduced and nearly double from when the Liberals were in power (10.9 per cent).