Link concern spurs meeting

The meeting, on August 17, was called after the City received a request for one, signed by 166 local residents.

The meeting will address Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link and the impacts these will have on City of Melville residents. Electors and ratepayers of the City are welcome to attend and vote on motions.

The Melville Community Association held its inaugural meeting last Monday night at the Melville Guide Hall, where Lisa O�Malley, Rod Short and Julian Hilton took on co-ordinating roles in the residents� group.

Ms O�Malley said MCA would aim to develop initiatives around community concerns and work towards an organisational framework.

�Our first major initiative is the special electors meeting on Monday August 17, which will address the Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link, and the impacts for the City of Melville residents,� she said.

�The MCA strongly encourages all residents of the City of Melville with concerns about the impacts to our community of the Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link to attend.�

The petition to call the meeting was led by Palmyra�s Mr Short, who was motivated by his personal concern about the environmental impact of the road project, as well what he said was a lack of community consultation.

�Is there really enough evidence available of the impacts on the City of Melville�s community of the Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link for the Council to have taken their position of support?,� he said.

The State and Federal Government have promised funding for the $1.6 billion project, but opponents have proposed a new port in Kwinana and using rail instead of roads to move freight to and from the port.

The meeting will give the residents an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the impacts of the Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link.