- State Cabinet endorses negotiations to begin between Main Roads and Roe 8 Alliance partners
- Delivering WA Labor's election commitment to immediately begin renegotiating the Roe 8 contract upon forming government
- By not proceeding with Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link $1.7 billion in funding can be redirected to real congestion-busting projects
- Community input to rehabilitation works on the Roe 8 site to get underway
The new McGowan Labor Government has moved swiftly to begin renegotiating the $440 million Roe 8 contract to deliver new jobs and help reduce traffic congestion across the metropolitan area.
Main Roads has been directed to work with the Roe 8 Alliance partners to begin negotiations and bring forward alternative projects that will reduce congestion across Perth suburbs.
The State Government is managing the renegotiation process in an orderly and responsible manner to ensure any costs are kept to a minimum, existing jobs are secured and new job opportunities are created in the process.
As part of the revised scope of the Roe 8 contract, the project site in Coolbellup will be carefully cleared of any contaminants by the project team before a community-based revegetation program will be rolled out.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"We were elected with a clear mandate and we are getting on with the job, delivering our election commitments.
"Our decision to not proceed with the deeply flawed Perth Freight Link project was carefully thought through in the long-term interests of all West Australians.
"This project never made planning, economic or environmental sense - so today we are righting the wrong and moving forward with our plan to create new jobs and bust congestion across Perth."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"It was a reckless and irresponsible move for the previous government to sign this contract so close to the election, however we are hopeful our approach will minimise the costs to taxpayers.
"It is our aim for the renegotiation to provide new employment opportunities for the Roe 8 workforce and new road projects that deliver the best outcomes for West 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.
"The scope and timing of these new projects will be announced once the renegotiation process with the Roe 8 contractor is complete.
"We also recognise the passion felt for this area by some of the local community and they will have the opportunity to participate in the rehabilitation of the site.
"The rehabilitation plan will be administered between the contractor and Main Roads initially and once the site is clear from any contaminants an organised community program, led by the State Government, will revegetate the site."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500