Request to Halt Federal Funding for Freight Link: Voted Down

Rethink Perth Freight Link member Kim Dravnieks, Carrington Park |Action Group member Lisa O'Malley and local resident Tanie Smirke.
Rethink Perth Freight Link member Kim Dravnieks, Carrington Park |Action Group member Lisa O'Malley and local resident Tanie Smirke.

WA GREENS Senator Scott Ludlam pressed a request in Federal Parliament last week that federal funding for the Perth Freight Link be halted until the State Government released its business case for the project.

He said the Abbott Government had “again shown its obsession with roads and unjustified destruction” in voting the motion down.

“The community mobilisation against this disastrous urban freeway continues to surge, with 18 groups and three local councils joining the alliance against it,” Senator Ludlam said.

“The Liberal Party is now completely isolated from the community and from commonsense as it digs in behind a $1.6 billion freight highway to nowhere.

“The Federal Government should suspend its support for the project immediately.”

Rethink the Perth Freight Link, formed to lead the fight against the freight link and spokeswoman Kim Dravnieks said the link did not meet the standards required for a 21st century community.

“It goes against the State Planning Policy on Liveable Neighbourhoods by putting a major highway, with the air and noise pollution, through a suburban area,” she said.

“There has been a total lack of consultation with all the affected stakeholders, including councils, industry groups and the community.

“It is also a half-baked plan that will cause huge congestion at Stirling Highway traffic bridge, needing another $1.5 billion to resolve, according to a report released by City of Fremantle last week.”

She also agreed with Senator Ludlam’s sentiments regarding the planning of the project.

“We would like all work stopped immediately until the State Government can show they have looked at all alternatives.”