Roe Highway’s stage 8 construction works will continue this week after an interim injunction from the Save Beeliar Wetlands group to stop the project was rejected in the Federal Court.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob praised the decision, insisting that the State Government had met all of the relevant environmental conditions that have been imposed.
“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 current regulations, Main Roads Western Australia needs to purchase 523 hectares of black cockatoo habitat in order to compensate for the loss of 78ha of the total 97.8ha that will be cleared for Roe 8.
As part of the agreement the State Government will provide 624ha of offset land containing black cockatoo habitat, equal to one-and-a-half times the size of Kings Park, at two sites located to the south of Mandurah. These sites will continue to be maintained and funded by Main Roads to preserve the quality of the habitat for a minimum of 20 years.
The Minister spoke further of the positive impact the Roe Highway extension will have for Western Australian commuters.
“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.
The Roe Highway extension and ongoing maintenance support after completion will support an estimated 3000 jobs throughout its lifetime.
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