Media statement, Friday, 13 September, 2013
Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said the Greens are digging their heels in alongside huge opposition to stop Roe 8 extensions and save Beeliar Wetlands as the EPA release another shoddy approval of a costly project that destroys more of the WA environment.
“The Greens are hugely against this ridiculously expensive extension of Roe Highway through one of Perth’s most pristine wetlands, home to iconic species of the Swan Coastal Plain”, said Ms MacLaren.
“We took huge cuts to an environmentally sound and economically beneficial light rail system, and made way for ploughing a road through our beautiful wetlands, wrecking more of our environment whilst encouraging more cars and freight onto our roads”.
“The EPA’s decisions are so nonsensical it is mind boggling, why are they giving an approval on an extension that is so costly to our environment. The government should not be putting a huge dent in our already tight state budget whilst ruining important natural habitats”.
Although MacLaren has engaged in countless community meetings to save the precious area and questioned the government many times in Parliament, the Greens spokesperson for Transport, Planning and Biodiversity emphasised that the fight must continue.