Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Protection of Beeliar wetlands a step closer to becoming law

    28/08/2019 11:10 AM
    • Beeliar Wetlands Bill 2018 passes through the Legislative Assembly
    • Bill seeks to protect the wetlands
    • Election commitment to stop flawed Perth Freight Link project and restore land for the community
    • New freight on rail policy has removed the equivalent of 110,000 one-way truck movements from roads in 2018-19
    • Westport report shows flawed Perth Freight Link would be a wasted investment 

    Legislation that will permanently protect the Beeliar wetlands last night passed through the Legislative Assembly.


    The Metropolitan Region Scheme (Beeliar Wetlands) Bill 2018 seeks to amend the zoning of 34 hectares of land under the Metropolitan Region Scheme from Primary Regional Roads to Parks and Recreation.


    The McGowan Government made an election commitment to protect the Beeliar wetlands following strong community calls for the area to be protected for future generations.


    Western Australians gave the McGowan Government a clear mandate not to build Roe 8 and 9, to restore the Beeliar wetlands, and return the land for the community to enjoy.


    Since then the State Government has reallocated Perth Freight Link funding to 17 alternative road projects across Perth, creating 6,000 jobs. It has also increased the amount of freight on rail from 15 per cent to 23 per cent.


    Meanwhile, the Westport Taskforce shortlist for future port options all involve an outer harbour, reinforcing the fact that Roe 8 and 9 will not solve WA's future freight challenges.


    Comments attributed to Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "The Bill will now move to the Legislative Council, where support is needed to make this law.


    "I ask the members of the Legislative Council to support this Government's mandate and respect the local community's wishes.


    "This is the time to move on from old plans and start moving towards the best solution for our State - building an outer harbour and protecting the Beeliar wetlands.


    "The work by Westport so far suggests that continually expanding the Fremantle Inner Harbour, along with the surrounding transport network, doesn't stack up financially due to the many constraints in the surrounding area.


    "We are continuing to implement our plan to put more freight on rail, creating more intermodal transport opportunities and upgrading High Street in Fremantle."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500