Environment Minister Albert Jacob has welcomed today's Federal Court decision to refuse an interim injunction on the construction of Roe Highway stage 8.
Mr Jacob said work would now continue following the Federal Court decision on the application, which was made by the Save Beeliar Wetlands group.
"The Federal Court case related to whether one of the Commonwealth environmental approval conditions had been satisfied," he said.
"The condition is concerned with offsetting the loss of black cockatoo habitat by way of offset property. The State Government is confident that the condition has been satisfied and will continue to vigorously defend the case in the Federal Court and oppose any permanent injunction."
Under the Commonwealth conditions, Main Roads Western Australia is required to purchase 523 hectares of black cockatoo habitat to offset the loss of 78ha of the total 97.8ha that will be cleared for Roe 8.
The State Government is providing 624ha of offset land containing black cockatoo habitat, equal to one-and-a-half times the size of Kings Park, at two sites south of Mandurah. Main Roads is required to fund the management of the property to maintain the quality of the habitat for at least 20 years.
The Minister said the project had been subject to an exhaustive environmental assessment and was governed by stringent environmental conditions.
"This Liberal-led Government is committed to the extension of Roe Highway. It will take tens of thousands of trucks off suburban streets in the southern suburbs and will drastically improve road safety and traffic flow," Mr Jacob said.
"This project is also delivering more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs over its life - jobs that Labor will trash if it is elected on March 11 with its plan to rip up the construction contracts and cancel work."
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