Feb 10, 2017

What is Roe 8 and why has it become a vote-winning issue in WA?

It would be WA's first toll road, and represents the first stage of the $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


The Roe 8 controversy is shaping up to be one of the defining issues of March’s Western Australian state election. It has split the major parties and attracted ongoing and acrimonious protest, with police being accused of using heavy-handed tactics in dispersing protesters. But what does the project actually involve, and what has got its opponents so riled? 

What is the Roe 8 project?

“Roe 8” refers to a $450 million extension of the Roe highway from its current end at Kwinana Freeway in Jandakot to Stock Road in Coolbellup, roughly 10 kilometres south-east of Fremantle.

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4 thoughts on “What is Roe 8 and why has it become a vote-winning issue in WA?

  1. Mike

    The Barnett government’s decision to proceed with land clearing, so close to the election, will likely be the single issue that sways the undecided vote against the Liberals. The sheer bloody mindedness of the decision to move in the bulldozers, just weeks before the election, rather than wait for the outcome of the election, epitomises the contempt the Barnett government has shown for the WA electorate over this issue. Many would argue it is just a continuation of an attitude that has prevailed for the last few years. Regardless, I believe on this issue alone, it will see them brutally punished at the polls.

  2. Val Weldon

    It is also worth noting that the Port of Fremantle has a limited life as a freight-handling facility. Inevitably, there will be a new port built at Kwinana, and Fremantle will serve as a cruise ship destination.

  3. Dr Dagg

    I live 500m from the planned route. I think Charlie has gilded the lily just a tad in this article. A lot of the clearing appears complete. It’s certainly not 100 hectares of wetlands. I doubt its 100 hectares in total and if it is, at least 75% of that is the old Bibra lake horse paddocks and the asbestos dump by Coolbellup. While the protesters are certainly committed they’re not that many that you could say it’s an election issue. Barnett’s not going to lose any votes that count in Fremantle and Willagee because they’re solid Labor already.

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    […] and a number of wetland regions. The Perth Freight Link – known as Roe 8 – has become a major election issue. The current Premier is determined to see it through, despite clear flaws to the planning and […]

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