Its amazing the the different points of view to bordering councils can have on the same issue as the Perth Freight Link or Roe8 which ever name you perfer.
In Fremantle councils, Fremantle Pulse we see the councils position.
“Council has adopted a position not to support the state government proposals for sections 1 and 2 of the Perth Freight Link (PFL). It has called on the state government to put the current proposal on hold until further long-term freight planning and better options are developed.
Council supports the planning and development of an outer harbour serviced by rail. The outer harbour concept is in keeping with many decades of settled freight transport and urban planning. A long-term solution to container freight transport issues based on rail as the key component would result in: • a more cost effective long-term solution for freight transport • saving the highly valued conservation area, Beeliar Wetlands, from decimation through road building • minimising localised freight impacts, especially at High Street and North Fremantle • a reduction of carbon intensive greenhouse gas emissions • a reduction in community health issues related to road trauma and exhaust emissions • better utilisation of existing road infrastructure.”
Where Melville councils position quite the opposite, an extract from their council minutes.
“OFFICER RECOMMENDATION (3645) APPROVAL That the Council:- 1. Reconfirm its support for the extension of Roe Highway between the Kwinana Freeway and Stock Road in accordance with the plans adopted by Main Roads Western Australia to finalise the Perth Freight Link. 2. Request the Chief Executive Officer to write to Main Roads Western Australia requesting they approach the construction of the Roe Highway extension for that section within the Beeliar Regional Park, in such a way as to minimise any potential adverse environmental impacts on the Park, by ensuring the maximum protection of the flora and fauna, the wetlands and the amenity of the area, together with maintaining and enhancing public accessibility of this regionally important asset. 3. Reiterate its support for the extending the Roe Highway, west of Stock Road to Stirling Highway, utilising the alignment of the Fremantle Eastern Bypass for the Perth Freight Link. 4. Request the Chief Executive Officer to write to the State Government advising that in order to minimise the potential impact of utilising the Fremantle Eastern Bypass alignment for the Perth Freight Link, all or part of the route between Clontarf Hill and Stirling Highway be tunnelled.”
Sadly Fremantle council has abandoned their electorate to follow party politics with no intention to solve the traffic congestion, safety issues that faces its residents, where Melville councils officers and councillors have recommended and voted to address traffic congestion and safety issues for its residents.
Fremantle council is still bleating on about the outer harbour which will do nothing to address Fremantle’s traffic safety issues for the next decade at least, happy to leave its residents to have increasing congestion worsening safety issues and increasing pollution which will rapidly worsen with the stop start nature of traffic congestion and not to mention all the traffic lights.
With the local election and the door knocking in process its quite interesting to hear the number of people in the valley and towards freo who are in favour or have no objection to the tunnel option proposed but not so in favour of the high st expansion option. Clearly our council has once again slid down its political agenda instead of looking after the best interest of its rate payers.
Currently, only around 15% of containers are moved by rail, despite a substantial subsidy from the State Government. At present, Fremantle Port is one of the best performing ports in Australia with container movements by rail.
The city of fremantle is misleading its residents by saying the outer harbour will solve the traffic issues, it will not its own study from CUSP, costing rate payers $20,000, (which several councillors have told me was a waste of money), shows that the traffic will worsen till the outer harbour is built another decade at least. Then when it opens it will drop the amount of trucks with the transition and then the truck traffic over the years will continue to increase out of fremantle to a much worsen situation than we have now. Increasing by as much as 30% more than we have currently 2015. That’s with the outer harbour fully operational and of course this will do nothing for the every increasing amount of other vehicles on our Fremantle roads.
Even with the outer harbour Fremantle will continue to have the same traffic problems we have now and it will continue to worsen and we will continue to get more trucks once the outer harbour is built and operational.
Whats worse is with the negative position our council has taken if the Roe 8 is built we will not have had any input into making sure we get the best outcome for Fremantle, to make all of our lives safer, healthier and happier.