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  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry polling reveals WA wants MPs out of Roe 8 and 9 talks, The West Australian 3/10/2019

    2 months ago
    The west

    Most West Australians believe the McGowan Government should take the politics out of Roe 8 and 9 and refer the projects for independent assessment, new polling reveals.

    A Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA-commissioned survey of 920 people found 72 per cent support a decision on the road being made by independent experts — such as the recently established Infrastructure WA.

    “Now that almost three-quarters of West Australians have said they want this project to be independently assessed, the State Government must be asked to justify why they won’t refer it to the independent body they created,” CCIWA chief executive...

    Most West Australians believe the McGowan Government should take the politics out of Roe 8 and 9 and refer the projects for independent assessment, new polling reveals.

    A Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA-commissioned survey of 920 people found 72 per cent support a decision on the road being made by independent experts — such as the recently established Infrastructure WA.

    “Now that almost three-quarters of West Australians have said they want this project to be independently assessed, the State Government must be asked to justify why they won’t refer it to the independent body they created,” CCIWA chief executive Chris Rodwell said.

    Mr Rodwell said a “circuit- breaker” was required to remove the politics from Roe 8 and 9 after the project was a key plank in the platforms of both the Liberal and Labor parties at the 2017 election.

    The CCIWA poll comes after the McGowan Government specifically instructed the Westport Taskforce not to assess what impact building Roe 8 and 9 would have on extending the working life of Fremantle port.

    But Mr Rodwell insisted Roe 8 and 9 would still be required to battle growing congestion, even in the event of a drastic fall in truck traffic to and from the port.

    “Congestion in Fremantle isn’t caused by trucks, which only account for around 10 per cent of total traffic,” he said.

    “It’s caused by passenger vehicle trips. According to Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 Audit, by 2031, Fremantle residents will only be able to access between 15-20 per cent of all jobs in Greater Perth within 30 minutes by car during morning peak traffic.

    “This means that even if the State Government progresses with Westport’s recommendation to shift Perth’s port from Fremantle to Kwinana, it will still need to fix Fremantle’s road congestion issues.”

    A McGowan Government spokeswoman said Infrastructure WA’s “first and immediate priority” was developing a 20-year infrastructure strategy to guide future projects.

    “It is only once ... the strategy is complete that IWA will be able to start carrying out its other work such as assessing infrastructure proposals and working with Infrastructure Australia in securing more funding from Canberra,” she said.

    “The Wesport Taskforce has also found that even if the grossly expensive Roe 8/9 project was built, billions of dollars would still have to be spent on other road and rail upgrades such as a massive widening of Curtin Avenue.”


  • MPs told: get out of the Roe, West Australian 4/10/2019

    2 months ago
    The west

    Most West Australians believe the McGowan Government should take the politics out of Roe 8 and 9 and refer the projects for independent assessment, new polling reveals.

    A Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA-commissioned survey of 920 people found 72 per cent support a decision on the road being made by independent experts - such as the recently established Infrastructure WA.

    "Now that almost three quarters of West Australians have said they want this project to be independently assessed, the State Government must be asked to justify why they won't refer it to the independent body they created," CCIWA chief...

    Most West Australians believe the McGowan Government should take the politics out of Roe 8 and 9 and refer the projects for independent assessment, new polling reveals.

    A Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA-commissioned survey of 920 people found 72 per cent support a decision on the road being made by independent experts - such as the recently established Infrastructure WA.

    "Now that almost three quarters of West Australians have said they want this project to be independently assessed, the State Government must be asked to justify why they won't refer it to the independent body they created," CCIWA chief executive Chris Rodwell said.

    Mr Rodwell said a "circuit breaker" was required to remove the politics from Roe 8 and 9 after the project was a key plank in the platforms of both the Liberal and Labor parties at the 2017 election.

    The CCIWA poll comes after the McGowan Government specifically instructed the Westport Taskforce not to assess what impact building Roe 8 and 9 would have on extending the working life of Fremantle port.

    But Mr Rodwell insisted Roe 8 and 9 would still be required to battle growing congestion, even in the event of a drastic fall in truck traffic to and from the port.

    "Congestion in Fremantle isn't caused by trucks, which only account for around 10 per cent of total traffic," he said.

    "It's caused by passenger vehicle trips. According to Infrastructure Australia's 2019 Audit, by 2031, Fremantle residents will only be able to access between 15-20 per cent of all jobs in Greater Perth within 30 minutes by car during morning peak traffic.

    "This means that even if the State Government progresses with Westport's recommendation to shift Perth's port from Fremantle to Kwinana, it will still need to fix Fremantle's road congestion issues." A McGowan Government spokeswoman said Infrastructure WA's "first and immediate priority" was developing a 20-year infrastructure strategy to guide future projects. "It is only once ...

    the strategy is complete that IWA will be able to start carrying out its other work such as assessing infrastructure proposals and working with Infrastructure Australia in securing more funding from Canberra," she said.

    "The Wesport Taskforce has also found that even if the grossly expensive Roe 8/9 project was built, billions of dollars would still have to be spent on other road and rail upgrades such as a massive widening of Curtin Avenue."

  • Harbour talks exit, Weekend West 5/10/2019

    2 months ago
    The west



  • No tunnel vision, Fremantle Herald 28/9/2019

    2 months ago
    Capture





  • Port meet had bigger fish to fry, Subiaco Post 21/9/2019

    3 months ago
    Post



  • Port brawl gets ugly for Labor, Fremantle Herald 21/9/2019

    3 months ago
    Capture



  • Harbour protest targets councils, Cockburn Gazette 19/9/2019

    3 months ago
    Capture



  • Invest in shared future, Sound Telegraph 18/9/2019

    3 months ago
    Sound



  • Maritime Union of Australia stages noisy protest against Kwinana outer harbour, The West Australian 18/9/2019

    3 months ago
    The west

    The militant Maritime Union of Australia has stepped up its campaign against the McGowan Government’s plan to build a new port - launching a noisy protest in Fremantle this morning.

    The MUA, which dramatically quit WA’s peak union body last week, fronted a public meeting of the Westport Taskforce at the Esplanade Hotel, with members attempting to shout down discussions around an outer harbour in Kwinana.

    MUA members then left the forum to stage a protest outside the office of Labor frontbencher and MP for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, shutting down traffic.

    MUA WA boss Christy Cain said the protest would...

    The militant Maritime Union of Australia has stepped up its campaign against the McGowan Government’s plan to build a new port - launching a noisy protest in Fremantle this morning.

    The MUA, which dramatically quit WA’s peak union body last week, fronted a public meeting of the Westport Taskforce at the Esplanade Hotel, with members attempting to shout down discussions around an outer harbour in Kwinana.

    MUA members then left the forum to stage a protest outside the office of Labor frontbencher and MP for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, shutting down traffic.

    MUA WA boss Christy Cain said the protest would be the first of many in coming months as the union sought to make the future of the port a major election issue in 2021.

    “The McGowan Government and the member for Fremantle should be supporting Fremantle not an Outer Harbour when there is no need for one,” Mr Cain said.

    “This is going to be an election issue make no mistake about it.”

    State Treasurer Ben Wyatt slammed the MUA, saying they were a “menace” to the WA economy.

    “They don’t have any interest in the economy of Western Australia, they have no interest in creating jobs for West Australians, they have a narrow interest in their own self interest and I don’t pay any attention to some of the comments they now make,” Mr Wyatt said.

    Asked if the Government should cut ties with the MUA, Mr Wyatt said Mark McGowan had effectively already done that when he ordered last year that Mr Cain should have no access to his office.

    “We are an export State and this sort of rhetoric, this sort of behaviour has no place here,” Mr Wyatt said.

    The MUA quit the State’s top union body last week, Unions WA, complaining it could not be part of a group that had members campaigning against the long term future of Fremantle Port.

    The MUA, who are part of the so-called Progressive Labor faction, where among unions that dramatically stormed out of WA Labor’s State conference last month in the middle of a welcome to country ceremony and tribute to Labor hero Bob Hawke.

    Mr Cain has been at war with Mr McGowan for some months.

    The State Labor Government promised to build an outer harbour as an alternative port to Fremantle at the State election as part of its counter argument to the construction of the Roe 8 and 9 Highway extensions.


  • Mark McGowan comments on MUA protest at Westport event, 6PR 18/9/2019

    3 months ago
    6pr