Roe 8 protesters gather outside Premier’s Cottesloe office

Protesters outside Colin Barnett's office on Thursday morning. Photo: Jon Bassett
Protesters outside Colin Barnett's office on Thursday morning. Photo: Jon Bassett
Protesters outside Colin Barnett's office on Thursday morning. Photo: Jon Bassett
Protesters outside Colin Barnett's office on Thursday morning. Photo: Jon Bassett Protesters outside Colin Barnett's office on Thursday morning. Photo: Jon Bassett Protesters outside Colin Barnett's office on Thursday morning. Photo: Jon Bassett

PROTESTERS on the balcony of Colin Barnett’s electoral office in Cottesloe have come down after being threatened with trespass by police.

About 50 Roe 8 protesters took their objections to the controversial project to the Premier’s office this morning.

“There’s no logic to Roe 8. it’s a road to nowhere – it’s an east-west road to take north-south traffic,” Cottesloe resident Peter Rattigan said.

One of the protesters, Hilton resident Liana Christensen, locked herself onto the railings outside the office.

She said she used a bicycle lock to attach herself to the railing because WA’s political leadership was breaking environmental rules and causing the destruction of 500-year-old trees and Aboriginal sacred sites.

The protesters took the action today because it is World Wetlands Day.

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Mr Rattigan said Mr Barnett’s continued demolition of the Beeliar Wetlands was “spiteful”.

He said some of his fellow residents have failed to reailse how Roe 8 and its role in the Perth Freight Link would send more container trucks through Cottesloe from an expanded Fremantle Port.

The protesters were unable to get into Mr Barnett’s office because it was locked, but were enjoying support from passing motorists.

Rethink the Link co-ordinator Kim Dravnieks said the protesters would stay all day until Mr Barnett recognises the importance of the Beeliar Wetlands.

He also said demolition work should stop because writs were issued for the end of the parliament and the start of the State Election yesterday.