Yanchep residents write to Christian Porter

The Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association wants both sides of politics to support bringing infrastructure to Yanchep after the cancellation of Roe 8.

THE Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association says it will write to Pearce MHR Christian Porter asking him to support transferring cancelled Roe 8 contracts and workers to projects in Yanchep.

Residents at the March 27 meeting supported the association writing to Mr Porter and also to Butler MLA John Quigley about holding the McGowan Government to its March 11 State Election promise of bringing the train to Yanchep.

Just days before the election Mr Quigley said if WA Labor won the incoming Treasurer Ben Wyatt would conduct an audit of the books to find out where savings can be made.

Mr Quigley said the Barnett government had been unnecessarily wasteful and run up debt from $3b to $40b then saying it wanted to sell Western Power to try and pay down debt.

“Western Power brings in about $500 million a year which goes towards paying for nurses, teachers and police,’’ he said.

“Once sold it is gone forever.

“The first thing a WA Labor government would do on day one is cancel the Roe 8 and the funds from Roe 8 would be redirected in part to the Yanchep railway line.’’

Now with WA Labor in power on Thursday, March 30 Premier Mark McGowan said the Perth Freight Link project never made planning, economic or environmental sense so his government had moved swiftly to start renegotiating the $440 million Roe 8 contract to deliver new jobs and help reduce traffic congestion across the metropolitan area.

Mr McGowan said Main Roads WA had been directed to work with the Roe 8 Alliance partners to start negotiations and bring forward alternative projects that would reduce congestion across Perth suburbs.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it was the government’s aim for the renegotiation to provide new employment opportunities for the Roe 8 workforce and new road projects that delivered the best outcomes for Western Australians.

“We are proposing to bring forward some important upgrades to our road network that will improve safety and reduce journey times in our suburbs,’’ she said.

“The scope and timing of these new projects will be announced once the renegotiation process with the Roe 8 contractor is complete.’’