$3 million Beeliar Wetlands investment for all Western Australians to enjoy

Posted on January 3, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government to further protect Beeliar Wetlands
  • McGowan Government saved the Wetlands in 2017 by stopping the failed Perth Freight Link
  • $3 million to construct a new boardwalk, viewing platform and for additional revegetation works
  • McGowan Government made Beeliar Wetlands an A-Class Reserve to ensure its ongoing protection

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $3 million to further protect the Beeliar Wetlands and provide more opportunities for all Western Australians to enjoy this precious environmental asset. 

During its first term of government, the McGowan Government listened to the WA community and stopped the Liberal Party’s flawed Perth Freight Link from going ahead and destroying the fragile Wetlands. 

In May last year, WA Labor delivered on its commitment to protect the Wetlands by turning it into an A-Class conservation reserve, managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, giving it the highest level of environmental protection.

The new $3 million investment will go towards building a new boardwalk and walking trail, to ensure future generations of Western Australians can enjoy the stunning surrounds, without disrupting the environment.

Funding will also enable additional revegetation of the area, to continue rehabilitation from the damage caused by early Perth Freight Link works undertaken by the previous Liberal Government.

If re-elected, the McGowan Labor Government will also reintroduce laws to rezone 85 hectares of the wetland from Primary Regional Roads to Parks and Recreation, providing ongoing certainty that a truck highway will never be built through the Wetlands.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

“Mark McGowan listened to the community and delivered on WA Labor’s promise to protect the Wetlands.

“Now we can take the next step to ensuring future generations of Western Australians can experience and enjoy these stunning wetlands for many years to come.

“WA’s unique and diverse natural environment is something we can all be proud of – and only a McGowan Labor Government can guarantee the Beeliar Wetlands is protected forever.”

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“Western Australian’s gave the McGowan Government a clear mandate to stop the flawed Perth Freight Link – and we delivered.

“We used the funding set aside for the Perth Freight Link to deliver a number of job-creating, congestion busting road and rail projects across our suburbs.

“Zak Kirkup’s Liberals want to ignore the community, destroy the wetlands and waste billions of dollars on a truck highway that doesn’t reach the port.

“Only Mark McGowan and WA Labor have a real, long term plan for the future, to build a new port at the Kwinana industrial area.”

What the McGowan Labor Government has already delivered instead of Roe 8:

  • Redirected funding from the flawed Perth Freight Link to other congestion-busting job-creating road and METRONET projects
  • Increasing the percentage of freight on rail from up to 20 per cent; 20% translates to 110,000 trucks off our roads in a typical year
  • Investing almost $100 million to planning for the new port in the Kwinana Industrial area

Since coming to Government, funding set aside for the flawed Perth Freight Link has been redirected to other road and METRONET projects, that are either underway or completed. These projects continue to support thousands of local WA jobs and include:

  • Armadale Road/North Lake Road (Kwinana Freeway) – Constructing bridge and collector roads
  • Leach Highway (Carrington Street to Stirling Highway) – Upgrade to High Street
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital & Murdoch Activity Centre Access from Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway
  • Roe Highway (Kalamunda Road) – Constructing Grade Separated Intersection
  • Reid Highway (Altone Road to West Swan Road) – Constructing Dual Carriageway
  • Wanneroo Road (Ocean Reef Road) – Constructing Grade Separated Intersection
  • Wanneroo Road (Joondalup Drive) – Constructing Grade Separated Intersection Kwinana Freeway (Russell Road to Roe Highway) – Widening of Northbound Lanes
  • Kwinana Freeway (Roe Highway to Narrows Bridge) – Implementing Smart Freeways
  • Mitchell Freeway (Cedric Street to Vincent Street) – Widening of Southbound Lanes
  • Kwinana Freeway (Manning Road) – Constructing Freeway On-Ramp
  • Outback Highway Seal Priority Sections
  • Wanneroo Road (Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive) – Constructing Dual Carriageway
  • Karel Avenue (Farrington Road to Berrigan Drive) – Upgrades
  • Bunbury Outer Ring Road – Planning Work
  • Woolworths Drive/Hale Road Intersection Upgrade
  • METRONET – Denny Avenue and Davis Road (Armadale Rail Line) Level Crossing Removal

A number of other policy initiatives to address traffic through the entire southern suburbs area are well established, including:

  • an increase of container traffic from road to rail, with the percentage of freight on rail increasing to 20 per cent for the last two financial years, translating to 110,000 trucks off our roads in a typical year;
  • construction underway on the High Street and Stirling Highway intersection upgrade in Fremantle;
  • several new intersection upgrades along Leach Highway to improve safety and traffic flow; and
  • planning well underway for a new Fremantle traffic bridge, and new rail bridge, to create capacity for even more freight on rail.

Work on planning for future long-term freight demand is well advanced, with the independent Westport Taskforce releasing its report. Almost $100 million is being invested to prepare to build a new port in the Kwinana industrial area connected to Muchea and the South West by a modern freight corridor via Ankatel Road and Tonkin Highway. This investment will fund environment assessments, protecting corridors, planning and business case development.