The WA Greens and more than one thousand petitioners have called for the urgent suspension of the Perth Freight Link project due to inadequate planning, poor economics and lack of transparency.
Tabling a petition with 1,423 signatures calling for the suspension in the Legislative Council today, Greens South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren said the Main Roads-led project “qualified as the sloppiest example of infrastructure planning in WA history.”
“We have seen the cost to state taxpayers of this project billow from the original $250 million proposed a year ago to $650 million after private investors showed no interest and now we are looking at the State Government paying around $900 million because the Government has been forced to admit that a new bridge would be needed over the Swan River,” Ms MacLaren said.
“This by a self-described cash-strapped State Government that has made drastic cuts to services such as financial counselling and legal aid.
“The Premier cannot, in all conscience, allow contracts to be awarded, nor start bulldozing the Beeliar Wetlands, when he has: a) failed to make the business case public; b) has kept secret, or doesn’t even know, the whole route; and c) cannot explain why $2 billion of public money is going to building a freight route to a port that he plans to sell off to a private company.”