Opposition Leader Mike Nahan and Melville Mayor Russel Aubrey attended a pro-Roe 8 rally this Thursday, where supporters of the project gathered to protest the cancellation of the project.
The protest’s petition gathered over 8000 signatures in support of starting the project up again.
Mr Nahan attacked a number of the reasons that the McGowan Government has given for the cancellation of the project.
“The port is reaching capacity – nonsense – the most conservative estimate of the port is that it has increased its capacity by 100% over the next decade,” he said.
“It passed the EPA, it passed the Supreme Court, it passed the Appeal Court, it passed the High Court, and it passed every hurdle they put in front of it.”
“McGowan has no excuse, money or otherwise, for not building this road… the Liberal Party, in opposition, and in government when we get there, are committed to building the Perth Freight Link.”
Workers from the Roe 8 project have been re-allocated to three other road infrastructure prjects around Perth.
Premier Mark McGowan has argued that the voters had given the Labor Government a mandate to cancel the project.
“We were elected with a clear mandate and we are getting on with the job, delivering our election commitments,” he said.
“Our decision to not proceed with the deeply flawed Perth Freight Link project was carefully thought through in the long-term interests of all West Australians.”
The McGowan Government has instead promised to build an outer harbor at Kwinana, which they say will ease the traffic and freight concerns many Perth Freight Link supporters have.
Melville Mayor Russel Aubrey, however, says that this will not do much to alleviate the heavy freight traffic in the area.
“Roe 8 and Roe 9 is about providing a road to get traffic off of our local roads, 100,000 vehicles a day, not just the 6,000 trucks that would be transferred to Kwinana” he said.
“So if the outer harbor is built and the inner harbor is turned into residential, which would generate, I believe, something in the region of 20,000-30,000 traffic movements a day into Fremantle… then what we are seeing is a higher need for Roe 8 and Roe 9”
“So you need to build Roe 8 and Roe 9 anyway… and now is the time to do it”