Roe Highway stage 8 - community consultation

Extract from Hansard
[COUNCIL - Thursday, 25 November 2010]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Simon O'Brien


Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Transport
Further to my question on 11 November regarding the South Metro Connect consultation process —
(1) In the community survey cited by the minister as revealing 73 per cent support for the extension of Roe
Highway was the statement being questioned, “The Roe Highway extension is required to reduce heavy
vehicles from Leach Highway and other east–west traffic routes to Fremantle port”?
(2) If not, then what was the question?
(3) In the survey, were residents and stakeholders given an option to state their outright opposition to the
Roe Highway extension through the Beeliar wetlands?
(4) Did the question omit to specifically mention the proposed road alignment through the wetlands?
(5) How does the minister respond to criticism that the purpose of the consultation process is to soften the
resolve and not actually find out what people want?

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN replied:
I thank the honourable member for notice of her question.
(1) No.
(2) The question that was in the survey reads, “Taking any positive and negative aspects of the Roe
Highway Extension into account, based on what you know and what you heard up to now, on balance
do you support or oppose the Roe Highway Extension?”
(3) Yes—refer to (2) above.
(4) Refer to (2) above.
(5) The primary objective of South Metro Connect’s community and stakeholder engagement program is to
involve community and stakeholders in a participative decision-making process to identify the form and
specific alignment of the Roe Highway extension in consideration of the environmental heritage, social
and economic values. I look forward to the member’s support.