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AECOM wins Roe Hwy role

The state government has established a project team from Main Roads and environmental and engineering consulting firm AECOM to manage environmental approvals, engineering design and community engagement processes for the contentious Roe Highway extension.

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South Fremantle
No Roe 8 I am appalled by Minister Simon O'Brien's assumptions. Building Roe 8 makes no sense on economic, transport, amenity or ecological grounds. Building more roads will only encourage people to drive more - until congestion peaks once more. (See Newman, Kenworthy, Hass-Klau and others for studies to confirm this.) Trucks will not be aided by such a highway. Roe 8 does not provide access for trucks to the Fremantle Port. It is a 6-lane, 6 km highway from Stock Rd to the Kwinana Fwy. In other words, it is a road to nowhere. To suggest that such a highway development could be done even remotely sustainably is absurd. The Beeliar wetlands - which O'Brien proposes to dissect, are of great ecological and cultrual significance. Part of the Beeliar wetlands are already protected by the Ramsar Treaty (Thompson's Lake to the south included). Migratory birds from north-eastern Asia use the wetland. To threaten this precious habitat is to threaten Australia's agreements with China, Japan and South Korea. There are three threatened bird species that inhabit the site, including the Peregrine Falcon. The site proposed for Roe 8 happens to be the most important sacred site in Perth, south of the Swan River. This spot was home to Yagan's Beeliar people for much of the year. There are a number of Dreaming stories about North and Bibra Lakes, including ones regarding the Waugal. To forsake one of Perth's most pristine wetlands does it and its inhabitants (human and non-human alike) a grave injustice. I am pleased to see the Minister's pledge to consult the community and adhere to sustainability principles. If the Minister is good to his word, I have every confidence that Roe 8 will not be built. A government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth...

Perth
I do not agree with the government deciding to proceed with continuing to develop the Roe Hwy. Yes it will provide additional help to ease traffic on South street, Leach Hwy and Canning Hwy and provide another route to Fremantle, but has anyone bothered to look at the huge enviornmental consequences this will have on the wildlife that call Bibra Lake and the surrounding lakes home? I guess not.

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