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Posted in fremantle, health, health&safety, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 16, 2017

Residents near the Roe 8 highway clearing at the Beeliar Wetlands have raised serious concerns about the lack of dust repression measures by the building contractors. They say the area is a known location for asbestos dumping and that the clearing of the bushland is dangerous for the health of local residents, police officers and workers.

It seems unbelievable that the EPA, Worksafe and unions do not insist on watering trucks being used to spray down the dust at the Roe 8 works, as that is even required in the most remote locations of WA at mining sites.

I have been to hundreds of mines around Australia in the last 30 years and have never not seen dust repression measures at any of them, so why does the WA state government ignore this basic rule of protecting the health of everyone near the construction site?

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  1. Andrew Sullivan said, on January 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Water trucks on those fine water repelling soils won’t work and that is exactly why the City of Cockburn issued a strong statement advising that works should be suspended until after the heavy rains arrive in winter. Just another piece of professional advice ignored by the State in their unbridled fervour to destroy the Beeliar ecosystem.

    The fight for East and North Fremantle should have been started ages ago and I’m amazed at how complacent those local communities have been. I guess its hard for people to visualise what freeway style grade separated interchanges at Marmion, Canning Hwy, Tydeman Road and possibly the north side of the NF Town Centre will actually look like.

    Elevated roads full of trucks pumping out diesel particulates which are heavier than air and will settle in a concentrated area so all properties near the road are going to really cop it. As if having an elevated road above their heads isn’t bad enough, the diesel pollution they’ll have to endure will have serious health consequences. And then there’s the noise – just go and stand under the end of the Stirling Bridge to experience how unbearable the noise will be from an elevated freeway.

    On top of all this, the section of roads over the last 3 kilometres, which the Premier has conveniently pretended won’t be needed once he’s built the rest of the PFL, are more than likely going to make Port Beach completely unsuitable as a regional foreshore reserve. It will destined to end up like Sandtracks Beach and that will mean Leighton will be the only regional beach serving all those people living south and east of the river. If it can’t cope now, then trying to double the numbers is going to cause chaos.

  2. Ed said, on January 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

    And now Roe 9 has the go ahead. The fight moves to North Fremantle! Get organised people.

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