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4 January 2017
Following the announcement this morning by Opposition leader Mark McGowan that Roe 8 would be abandoned should Labor win the March State election, City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said it made sound economic sense to divert resources from the Perth Freight Link to building a new port which will support Perth’s freight needs for many decades to come.
Mayor Adams pointed to a new Outer Harbour in Kwinana as the key driver of economic growth for the next 100 years and something the City of Kwinana has been advocating to all levels of government and all political parties.
“There has never been a more crucial opportunity for detailed planning supported by a strong business case to commence on the Outer Harbour, a project which will translate into billions of dollars in revenue for Western Australia and tens of thousands of new 21st century job opportunities,” Mayor Adams said.
In May 2016, a Federal Senate Inquiry unanimously recommended the Federal Government reallocate funding from the Perth Freight Link (of which Roe 8 is part one) to the Outer Harbour.