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ROE 8 ON FIRE. BUSHFIRE WATCH!!!

Posted in bushfire, cockburn, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on February 16, 2016

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in an area bounded by North Lake Road, Forrest Road, Coolbellup Avenue and Cordelia Avenue in the southern part of Coolbellup in the City of Cockburn.

It appears there is a pattern here as locals say there are now regular fires in the area that appear to be deliberately lit, so is someone making a stupid political statement or are these just morons who like to see beautiful nature go up in smoke while threatening the homes of people?

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GREAT BRIDGE PROTEST AGAINST FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on September 13, 2015

Over a thousand people turned up this Sunday morning for the Bridge Protest against the PERTH FREIGHT LINK. The crowd stretched all along Stirling Bridge and received many appreciative honks from passing motorists.

Politicians Melissa Parke, Lyn MacLaren, Peter Tinley and Alannah McTiernan were there, as were the Mayors and Councillors of affected municipalities.

Here photos of the event that all interested organisations can use free of charge on social media, as long as they give me a credit for it.

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ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

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LET’S GO ROE2RAIL!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 23, 2014

With different community groups and different suburbs all wanting to fight the proposed Roe 8 highway extension I was wondering if the new slogan and stickers should just be a minor change. What about ROE2RAIL instead of the Road2Rail campaign slogan used by those opposing the Fremantle High Street/Stirling Highway widening.

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GROUPS COMBINE TO FIGHT ROE HIGHWAY MADNESS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 22, 2014

Is the proposed extension of the Roe Highway with a tollway from Muchea to Fremantle port common sense or madness, and why is rail the better alternative to Western Australia’s freight and traffic problems? It was the topic of the Freeway Madness forum at the Fremantle Workers Club on Wednesday.

Kathy Anketell talked about her experience with the anti Eastern Bypass campaign, while Barry Healy represented the Road2Rail group and Nandi Chinna spoke on behalf of the Save the Beeliar Wetlands fighters. Councillor Sam Wainwright was the fourth speaker.

Speakers agreed that this was not a NIMBY issue but affected the whole Perth metropolitan area and that it was “one road, one struggle!” A statement by the Minister from Transport that the road would carry 65,000 trucks a day was believed to be excessive, with Barry Healy claiming that soon 1,2 million containers a year would be moved to and from Fremantle Ports.

There were warnings that in other states all competing infra structure within ten kilometers of a tollroad had to be closed and that could mean the part closure of the existing rail line and suburban roads. Sam Wainwright said that while there was no proof, he believed in the long-term Fremantle Ports would be privatised and the tollroad would help to achieve finding a buyer for it.

Barry Healy spoke about a huge campaign of non violent civil disobedience, a mass petition with 20,000 signatures, and that he wanted to see “a total people’s victory”

Nandi Chinna said that previous Environmental Protection Authority reports had found that “the North Lake, Bibra Lake area was the most historical site south of the river and the most significant Aboriginal site within the Perth metropolitan region south of the Swan River.” 97 hectares of significant trees and bushland would be destroyed if the Roe 8 extension went ahead, she claimed.

Sam Wainwright said that the billions of dollars cost for the highway was madness and that rail would be cheaper and much better for the environment.  It would be an environmental and urban catastrophe, and we should not see Roe 8 as an isolated issue in the transport debate.

Let me  be the Devil’s advocate here and say that there are many people who don’t believe, or don’t care, about global warming and climate change and who will dismiss the environmental issues of additional freight traffic on our roads as irrelevant, but who could be swayed to support the anti Roe 8 protest if it can be shown that rail is the cheaper option. We (sadly) live in a world where money speaks louder that the environment. So what would it cost to probably have to built a new traffic bridge over the Swan River and to upgrade the existing rail network in the metro area and country, so it can cope with increasing and heavier freight trains that will need to be double stacked to be able to move the the volume of containers in our fast growing state?

It would be a worthwhile exercise for students of CUSP(Curtin University of Sustainable Policy) to try to put a figure on what it would cost to move most of the freight to Freo ports to rail, and that would probably mean moving it away from the present coast line, because of increasing residential buildings along that corridor.

The proposed Roe 8 extension is going to affect a large number of people in a large number of suburbs. It is going to affect areas of significant nature. It is going to affect people’s health and lifestyle , and it is pure madness that in 2014 governments still believe building roads to accommodate more and more vehicular traffic should be preferred over public and freight rail transport. It will be a very tough and very long battle, so get ready Freo!

Roel Loopers

CONTROVERSIAL ROE HIGHWAY EXTENSION BACK

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 6, 2014

If the Sunday Times is correct we’ll have a fight on our hands in Fremantle and beyond with claims that the Colin Barnett W.A. State and Tony Abbott Federal governments are working together on the Roe 8 extension of the Roe Highway through the wetlands.

According to the newspaper the $ 600 million extension would be funded by making it into a toll road for commercial heavy vehicles.

The local communities around North Lake have been protesting against the Roe 8 extension for many years, so no doubt the fight will continue. One can only hope that the constant bleating about lack of money by Abbott and Barnett, and the announcements of budget cuts will mean that the development will not go ahead after all.

Roel Loopers

ROE HIGHWAY DESIGN MODIFIED

Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 31, 2011

The Fremantle Gazette reports that there is potential for the Roe Highway extension to use an already existing powerline easement between Bibra Drive and Pogress Drive, which would minimise the impact the highway extension would have on the Roe Swamp. Several other changes have also been made in the latest design.

It appears community protests have swayed the state government to look for alternatives, which shows we do have a voice and power and should not let authorities dictate how our future is going to be.

If the Roe Highway will ever be extended is another questions, as no Federal funding for the project has been allocated, and it is unlikely the Western Australian government will be able to do it without money from Canberra.

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