Parties wade into Roe debate

Jandakot MLA Joe Francis, Southern River MLA Peter Abetz, Tangney MHR Dennis Jensen, Liberal candidate for Bateman Matt Taylor, Senator Eric Abetz and Riverton MLA Mike Nahan at the Roe Highway. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396164
Jandakot MLA Joe Francis, Southern River MLA Peter Abetz, Tangney MHR Dennis Jensen, Liberal candidate for Bateman Matt Taylor, Senator Eric Abetz and Riverton MLA Mike Nahan at the Roe Highway. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396164

The Liberal Party remains committed to building Roe 8 while the Labor Party said it would scrap the project in favour of its Metronet plan.

Riverton MLA Mike Nahan said building the Roe 8 extension, expected to cost about $600 million, was the defining traffic congestion issue in the southern suburbs.

At a meeting between local Liberal politicians and candidates last week, they said plans to extend the Roe Highway from Kwinana Freeway to Stock Road remained a priority.

‘We have spent the past four years and $25 million working on the project, options are now with the Environmental Protection Authority, and we are expecting an outcome in the next few months,’ Jandakot MLA Joe Francis said.

Earlier this month, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan announced he would scrap Roe 8 extension plans as part of $1 billion in savings that his party would put towards the planned Metronet if elected.

‘WA Labor will remove the Roe 8 extension from the Metropolitan Regional Scheme’