Opinion: Roe 8: Perth’s environmental flashpoint in the WA election

March 11, 2017

Bibra Lake, which is part of the Beeliar Wetlands

Bibra Lake, which is part of the Beeliar Wetlands.

One of the main talking points in the Western Australian election campaign, which concludes with Saturday’s vote, has been the Perth Freight Link. This is the policy developed to improve access for trucks to Fremantle port.

In an opinion piece for The Conversation, Dr Jane Chambers and Emeritus Professor Philip Jennings discuss the impact of the Roe 8 extension (the first section of the Perth Freight Link) on the Beeliar Wetlands.

The new road will cut through the middle of the wetlands, which is home to threatened ecological communities and migratory shorebirds.

Dr Chambers and Professor Jennings say the controversy around Roe 8 has highlighted the lack of effective consideration of biodiversity values, not just at the Beeliar Wetlands but across the city.

To read the full article, click here.

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