There has been overwhelming relief from across the community as it absorbs the outcome of the State Election.
People have only just started to realise the huge impact it has had on the lives of the thousands who stood tall in opposition to the wanton destruction of trees between one hundred and five hundred years old and the banksia woodlands that formed the habitat for flora and fauna.
The works have left a devastating scar on the landscape and in the hearts of all those who witnessed what occurred.
Re-generation has already started with green shoots appearing across the landscape, giving hope to all. We know our community has become more resilient and as demonstrated the failed local government reform process, we have a community that is organised and willing to stand up for its rights.
People Power won the day, again.
The area that has been cleared is still a Main Roads WA road Reserve and requires various approvals to gain access to the site.
The City recommends against accessing the site, which may still pose a danger due to the potential of the presence of asbestos, the risk of spreading dieback and trampling the new shoots starting to appear following a mix of rain and sunshine.
Read the WA Department of Health. Asbestos in and around your home
While there is an eagerness in the community to start a replanting program, the City believes the establishment of a community-lead working group in consultation with the State Government will provide a starting point to produce an overall management plan for the site's rehabilitation.
Consultation with Nyungar Elders and Aboriginal people will be an essential element to any proposed works.
The City supports an alternative proposal and at the heart of this is the construction of an intermodal facility (which can move freight from rail to road and vice versa) at Latitude 32 in the Hope Valley/Wattleup area. This alternative considers the volumes of containers moving to and from the southern metropolitan region, and supports the existing intermodal facility at Forrestfield.
The City supports the proposal for an Outer Harbour at Kwinana, with the necessary planning to commence as soon as practicable.
This is not a new concept. The State Government has included plans for an intermodal facility as part of its long term planning strategy.
The facility will: