What Will Happen Over The Next Few Months?
With the $450 million construction contract about to be signed, another $90 million worth of contracts remain to be awarded. While Commonwealth funding is contingent on the state government committing to both the Roe 8 highway extension and Roe 9 link from an interchange into Fremantle port, the state government isn’t worried. Premier Colin Barnett says contracts for Roe 9 could be signed during the three-year Roe 8 construction stage.
Protests and court challenges:
The Save Beeliar Wetlands group expects to find out in November whether it has been granted leave to appeal the environmental approval in the High Court. Opponents have vowed to stand in front of earthmovers and clamp themselves to equipment. Traditional owner Corina Abraham lost her Supreme Court challenge against Aboriginal heritage approval in August, but may fight on.
With the Roe 9 route yet to be finalised, residents who may be in the way face an uncertain future, although the state government has previously indicated only a handful of properties might need to be compulsorily acquired. Kim Dravnieks of the Rethink the Link campaign says some Palmyra residents who have been told their houses would be resumed have not been updated, despite the focus now on White Gum Valley and a tunnel option which Mr Barnett says is likely.