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Posted in election, fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on March 31, 2017

It’s a day early for April Fools so it must be the real thing that there is a protest against the new WA Labor government stopping the Roe 8 highway.

I believe the very convincing election results have clearly shown the government has a strong mandate to stop Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link, so it is nonsense to now want to force the government to break this promise and have protests and petitions to continue with it when the voters clearly showed they do not want it.

Premier Mark McGowan made it very clear during the election campaign that he would not continue with the highway and tunnel, so it is a waste of time to try to convince the new government to change their mind when they are doing the sensible thing of now negotiating with the contractors to relocate their workforce to other government projects.

We should be more outraged about the wanton destruction of the Beeliar Wetlands by the Barnett government, and that they did go ahead although their own departments recommended not to start there but at Fiona Stanley instead. That should be investigated.

Anyway, if you are so inclined and have nothing better to do, go and waste your time at this useless protest that will achieve absolutely nothing.

It’s at 5 pm today at Bibra  Drive, north of Hope Road.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on April 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Everyone should clean up their signs. I get very annoyed to see signs up after events for weeks, so the Perth Freight Link and Roe 8 signs should now also be removed. The battle is over, so let’s move on.


  2. Lionel said, on April 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    So do you agree the protestors should clean up their signs or not?

  3. freoishome said, on April 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I think we need to change our current notion of the estuary being a ‘Working Port’.

    I think all the container Import/Export ops should move to Kwinana asap, ie, 5-10 years, based on freight rail from more sophisticated Hubs.

    Fremantle should then become a mixed use port with cargo on North Mole and passenger on South, explicitly not container based. In that scenario, most of the Ops area on the south could be handed over to the CoF to manage as any LA does, instead of the FPA nicking CoF initiatives and competing with the City for space and activity. I think South Mole could be developed to become one of WA’s centres of sporting excellence including but not exclusively marine sports, eg, the State needs a Paralympic centre. With the full time admin staff occupying office space, and both permanent and leased accomodation, and all the business any activity precinct has.

    By more sophisticated Hubs, I mean all trucking would start and end there, including break bulk and assembly. The freight rail would be assembled to service specific boats on as as need basis, ie, the Kwinana port would not need a huge ops area, as all the containers would be short term load/unload. The first game we all learnt as babies was building bricks, hence automating, with AI and Robotics, make the logistics of containers an obvious target.

    Let’s not stop progress by trying to hang onto the current notion of the estuary as a working port. I think moving away from containers on North Mole might also lower the risk that seems to be blocking the establishment of wind turbines.


  4. freoview said, on April 1, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Where did I deny anyone the right to protest Lionel? I actually blogged about it instead of not publishing it, but in my opinion it is a waste of time because of the recent election that clearly gave the Labor party a mandate to stop Roe 8.


  5. Lionel said, on March 31, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    So you are only allowed to protest against Roe 8? I must have not read ‘the left’s guide to self-righteousness’.

    How about all the ‘say no to Roe 8’ protestors clean up their non biodegradable signs left everywhere. Classic greens, talk the talk but f@*k the work.

  6. Rob Fittock said, on March 31, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    where then is the answer to get the 1.2 million or so containers each year in and out of the North Wharf for the next 10 to 20 years?….and do people want to keep the working port?….I sure do!

    ….and now the outer harbour argument is that the waters of Cockburn Sound are already stuffed so you might as well stuff it up even more!!!….go figure

    Roe 10….Rob’s Tunnel

  7. Bob said, on March 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I guess by this logic when the libs get back in they will have a mandate to finish the road

  8. Transport worker said, on March 31, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Not as silly as your town being called Nowhere by your NIMBYs

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