Cottesloe voters split on Roe 9 tunnel proposal

Cottesloe voters split on Roe 9 tunnel proposal
Sharon Taylor.
Paul Brunham.
Alana McGaw.
Jennifer Dagg.

OPINIONS of Cottesloe electorate voters are split about MLA Colin Barnett’s pledge to build the $1.1b Roe 9 tunnel as part of the controversial Perth Freight Link.

The Western Suburbs Weekly spoke to six Cottesloe voters in North Fremantle yesterday, and found them split down the middle on the issue.

“It’s the most thoughtless, short-tern planning outcome, and is simply a device to elevate the value of the port to recuperate some part of this Government’s massive debt,” resident Paul Burnham said.

Jennifer Dagg, however, said she was in favour of the project.

“I’m all for Roe 8 and Roe 9. Totally behind the Premier, but anxious to know the solution for the highway through our suburb and the Stirling Bridge,” she said.

Resident Sharon Taylor said the project was more for the benefit of the State’s economy and not just her suburb.

Alana McGaw said she did not know whether it was a good proposal or not.

Several wanted to know how the State Government would deal with the extra trucks and cars on their streets using the link to any privatised Fremantle Port, and the future of Stirling Bridge, before the March 11 State Election.

Mr Barnett said the Government would consider improving the dangerous Tydeman Road-Stirling Highway intersection, but there would be no flyovers, no new bridge, and ruled out any new route, dubbed Roe 10, through North Fremantle,

Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said its Freight and Trade policy would increase the subsidy for freight on rail to reduce truck movements by 36,000 annually to provide a short-term “reprieve” in North Fremantle.

“In the longer term, with a move to a second port at Kwinana, overall truck movements into North Fremantle will reduce, with a new port operating in Kwinana,” Ms Saffioti said.

However, the Federal Government has indicated about $2.2 billion earmarked for the PFL cannot be used for other project, but Mrs Saffioti said, if elected, the Opposition expected Canberra to follow the will of the WA people.

North Fremantle residents Paul Brunham, Jennifer Dagg, Sharon Taylor and Alana McGaw offered opinions about Roe 9‘s effect on their suburb.