New Bill to Protect Beeliar Wetlands to Signal End of Perth Freight Link

The State Government is moving to permanently end the Perth Freight Link, following plans to protect the Beeliar wetlands.

A Bill will be introduced into Parliament on Wednesday to rezone 34 hectares of wetland from Primary Regional Roads to Parks and Recreation to preserve it for future generations.

The land will be rezoned so it can no longer be used to construct a road.

It was part of a 167 hectare section of land that the former Liberal Party State Government planned for the Perth Freight Link.

The plan included $1.2 billion in Federal Government funding for Roe8 to go ahead.

The Bill will reinforce the McGowan Government’s commitment to discontinue the road and its construction.

Meanwhile, the remaining 81.2 hectares of land reserved for Primary Regional Roads to the west of North Lake Road will be subject to public consultation on the most appropriate use.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the Perth Freight Link “had to go”.

“The people of this area and wider Perth made it very clear – they don’t want a road through these wetlands, and this Bill solidifies our commitment to restoring this land for the community,” Ms Saffioti said.

“It was deeply flawed, controversial project that I am pleased has been laid to rest.”

She said the government would be listening to the community when considering the remainder of the land.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the land had important to the environment and people.

“These wetlands have significant ecological value, with diverse and rare flora and fauna – including migratory birds – they also have a substantial cultural significance for local Aboriginal people,” Mr Dawson said.

He stated it was a bad decision to consider it for Perth Freight Link.

“This land should never have been considered a suitable site for a massive arterial freight route.”

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