City of Melville briefs ‘Pro Roe’ group on benefits and risk

A Pro Roe group has received a detailed briefing from the City of Melville about the benefits completing Roe Highway will deliver to the community, and the risks for local residents and businesses if the road is not extended to Fremantle.

The Pro Roe group represents a broad range of individuals who live throughout Cockburn, Melville, Fremantle and other Local Government areas and are increasingly concerned that only the opinions of anti-Roe activists are being seen and heard, not the views of the many other people in the community who support Roe Highway.

Pro Roe sought a briefing from the City on the elements of Roe Highway that are most important to Melville, including the significant social, environmental and economic issues identified in the recent Greg Martin Transport Strategies Report (released in Dec 2016) that examined the consequences of not completing Roe Highway.

Mayor Russell Aubrey told Pro Roe the City supported the completion of Roe Highway through to Fremantle Port, as envisaged in the plans for Perth since 1955, and backed the recent announcement by the WA Government that it would complete the road using a tunnel to minimise impact.

“The City of Melville firmly believes the only solution to growing traffic congestion and chaos throughout this region is to complete Roe Highway and take tens of thousands of vehicles and trucks off our local roads each day,” said Mayor Aubrey.

Mayor Aubrey also highlighted the City’s ‘Fact Vs Fiction’ public campaign that aims to address many of the misconceptions that have been formed or deliberately created about Roe Highway.

The 20 Facts and Fictions can be downloaded at www.melvillecity.com.au/roehighway

Mayor Aubrey told Pro Roe members that key benefits for Melville and Cockburn residents from completion of the highway are:

  • 75,000 vehicles per day and 6,000 trucks taken off local roads throughout the region
  • Reducing airborne carcinogenic particulates and greenhouse gases by 450,000 tonnes by 2031
  • Saving at least $823 million in 20 major road upgrades that would otherwise be required on Leach Highway, South Street, North Lake Road, Farrington Road and Karel Avenue.
  • Additional environmental benefits through preservation of green open space and urban forest if other major road upgrades are not required, plus safeguarding important regional assets like The Spectacles, Thomsons Lake Nature Reserve and Mount Brown that would be damaged under in an outer harbour development.
  • Ensuring no homes, properties or jobs are lost in Palmyra and Willagee as a result of growing congestion and the major upgrades that would be required.
  • Ensuring more long-term employment opportunities in the region by ensuring ongoing business investment as congestion decreases and people are able to reach new places of work.
  • Creating an effective transport route for people throughout the region who need to reach important local destinations like Fiona Stanley Hospital, and locations further afield like Perth Airport.

For more information visit www.melvillecity.com.au/roehighway.