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STIRLING HIGHWAY TRAFFIC OPTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2017

Media release from the office of W.A. Minister Rita Saffioti:

Options for High Street and Stirling Highway to be developed

  • Upgrade options for Stirling Highway and High Street to be discussed
  • Solution will tackle congestion and improve road safety
  • McGowan Government delivering on election commitment

The McGowan Government is developing a number of options towards addressing traffic concerns along Stirling Highway and High Street.

The State and Commonwealth governments recently reached an agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia.

As part of the agreement, an amount of $118 million was dedicated to an inherited proposal to upgrade a section of Stirling Highway and High Street, as outlined under the previous government.

The McGowan Government is now keen to work with the City of Fremantle to develop the best solution to address traffic issues in the area.

The investigation of new options is in line with the McGowan Government’s election commitment to deliver a comprehensive alternative to the Perth Freight Link.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will be meeting with stakeholders in coming weeks to discuss strategies.

Various options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“We understand the community interest in the future of these roads and will be developing options towards relieving congestion and improving safety.

“There will be a range of options considered that will relieve congestion and improve road safety.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5500

 

ROE 8 PROTESTORS ON STRIRLING BRIDGE

Posted in election, fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway, western australia by freoview on March 5, 2017

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An estimated 1,300 people walked from North and East Fremantle onto the Fremantle Stirling traffic bridge on Sunday morning in protest of the planned Roe 8, 9, 10 highway and Perth Freight Link tunnel.

They had a lot of support from passing motorists and even truck drivers who tooted their horn and waved.

There was a strong call for rejecting the Colin Barnett Liberal/National government at Saturday’s state election.

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NORTH FREO ROE 8 PROTEST

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on February 22, 2017

 

The good people of North Fremantle protested against the Roe 8 highway and Perth Freight Link on Wednesday afternoon in the knowledge that the unresolved last link into the port will mean more and longer traffic congestion in the North Freo township.

Experts predict an increase of vehicles of one-third if a tunnel ends three kilometres from the port, which would mean a traffic, pollution and noise disaster for North Freo.

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ROE 8 -ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Posted in beeliar wetlands, environment, fremantle, nature, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 11, 2017

 

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There is a call for a mass public action against the Roe 8 Highway and Barnett government this Thursday January 12 at the very early hour of 6 am. See details below as supplied by the organisers:

Join us this Thursday at Tait Place, Coolbellup near North Lake Road.
Park on Malvolio Rd and walk along the fence line.
Let’s tell Colin Barnett’s unaccountable government that – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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BARNETT WILL START ROE 8 BEFORE ELECTION

Posted in beeliar wetlands, fremantle, perth freight link, state government, western australia by freoview on September 23, 2016

Disgruntled members of the Liberal parliament claim Premier Colin Barnett does not listen and consult and today’s announcement by the Premier that the Roe 8 extension will start before the March 2017 state election shows the Premier does not even wants to listen to the High Court, because the Save Beeliar Wetlands legal challenge is due to be heard soon.

Surely the government should wait with signing contracts and starting the highway project until the High Court ruling has been made to make sure it is not signing million dollar contracts they might have to pay out if the High Court rules in favour of the opponents of the Roe 8 project.

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FREO MUA AGAINST NEW PORT AND FREIGHT LINK

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on September 22, 2016

Christy Cain, the secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia-MUA- has declared the union is against the building of a new port at Kwinana, against the privatisation of Fremantle Port and against the Perth Freight Link.

Can told the media that a new port would be fully automated and no wharfies needed and that would mean a loss of jobs.

He said Fremantle Port has plenty of room still to expand and that the PFL would not be needed if truck operators worked 24 hours a day as wharfies do, so more freight could be trucked to and from the port at night.

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FREIGHT BY RAIL INCREASES AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in containers, freight, fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on August 20, 2016

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The number of containers handled at the North Quay Rail Terminal at Fremantle Port has increased by an average of nine per cent per annum over the last five years. The NQRT has handled over 100,000 TEU, or twenty-foot equivalent units, which has reduced 400 truck trips on the roads per day.

The Intermodal Group which manages the NQRT claims that the intermodal area at Forrestfield could handle up to 20 per cent of freight by rail, which would be an increase of five per cent of its present capacity.

It shows that 80 per cent of container freight to and from Fremantle Port still comes by trucks and that is far too high.  State Government should invest in a new rail bridge or tunnel and a new rail corridor that does not run through the populated west end of Fremantle, and start priority planning for a new outer harbour at Kwinana.

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SPEED HUMP TSUNAMI IN FREMANTLE

I wonder when we will see a protest march by emergency services and bus drivers about the ever increasing speed humps and roundabouts in Fremantle.

At the F-POL Committee of the City of Fremantle it was announced that “plateaus” would be installed at Ord Street between Ellen Street and Queen Victoria Street to deter container truck drivers on the way to Fremantle Port from using the road.

Recently a ridiculous number of ugly and noisy speed humps were installed at East Street, but that is different from “plateaus” as the latter also are pedestrian crossings.

Speed humps of any kind make for a very uncomfortable journey and seriously slow down emergency vehicles, and many motorists will find alternative routes through suburban streets.

I am not sure why Hampton Road and Ord and can’t have a container truck ban, if the desired outcome is to get rid of these trucks.

Roel Loopers

SENATE WANTS PERTH FREIGHT LINK SCRAPPED

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on May 4, 2016

A Senate Committee into the federal funding of the Perth Freight Link has recommended for the project to be abandoned and the funding from Canberra withdrawn.

According to the committee expert advise to them is that an outer harbour will be needed within ten years because Fremantle port will reach capacity much earlier than the State Government claims. The WA Treasurer said last week an outer harbour would only be needed in 25 years.

The Senate Committee claims that Fremantle port also will be unable to handle modern ships, so the need for the outer harbour at Kwinana is necessary.

I just wished I knew who we can believe as all the contradictory statements are not at all helpful, and there are of course great concerns about environmental issues in Cockburn Sound should an outer harbour be built there.

Is anyone looking as the possibility of moving more freight through Bunbury port and would that be a viable alternative? I have no idea, but would love to get factual information instead of political grandstanding.

If the Court of Appeal ruling comes out in favour of the WA Government just before the State election, should the Liberal/National party coalition still go ahead with Roe 8 and the PFL and sign multi millon dollar contracts, or should it be left to the new government to decide?

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WA STATE CHALLENGES ROE 8 SUPREME COURT RULING

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on May 2, 2016

The Western Australian State Government went to Court of Appeal today to challenge the Supreme Court ruling by Chief Justice Wayne Martin on the Roe 8 highway extension, that the Environmental Protection Authority had ignored its own policies and given the wrong advise to the Minister.

State Council for WA said that the EPA act does not require the policies to be treated as mandatory consideration and that they are only guidelines.

Save Beeliar Wetlands lawyer Matthew Howard said that the wetlands are in the top priority conservation category and that the EPA can only do its job properly if it protects critical assets that must be conserved and protected.

The Roe 8 extension is Stage 1 of the highly controversial Perth Freight Link that is supposed to link Muchea with Fremantle Port, but where no decision has been made yet about Stage 3 from Stirling Highway into the Port of Fremantle.

Interesting to note that Transport Minister Dean Nalder today has a large opinion piece published in the West Australian newspaper to tell the public why the highway must be built. I wonder if that could be seen as a contempt of court and trying to influence the outcome of the court case.

The on-line Business Dictionary states:

A set of policies are principles, rules, and guidelines formulated or adopted by an organization to reach its long-term goals and typically published in a booklet or other form that is widely accessible.
Policies and procedures are designed to influence and determine all major decisions and actions, and all activities take place within the boundaries set by them. Procedures are the specific methods employed to express policies in action in day-to-day operations of the organization. Together, policies and procedures ensure that a point of view held by the governing body of an organization is translated into steps that result in an outcome compatible with that view.
Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/policies-and-procedures.html#ixzz47TeDE900

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