Election commitment delivered to save Beeliar Wetlands
Monday 18 May 2020
McGowan Government delivers on commitment to protect the Beeliar Wetlands.
The McGowan Labor Government has delivered on its commitment to permanently protect Beeliar Wetlands from the Liberal Party's flawed Perth Freight Link by creating an A-Class conservation reserve.
First flagged in mid-2018, all land owned in freehold by the State Government - north of Hope Road and west of Bibra Drive - will be amalgamated and set aside as a conservation reserve to be managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
This detailed and complex process has been ongoing and was finalised this week.
The protection of the regional park will ensure the land, which supports critically important habitat for flora and fauna, can never be used for a freight link, giving certainty to the local community to enjoy for generations to come.
Since coming to Government, all 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.
A number of other policy initiatives to address traffic through the entire area are also well established, including:
- an increase of container traffic from road to rail, with the percentage of freight on rail increasing from 15 per cent to as high as nearly 24 per cent in March 2020;
- 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 recently finalising its latest report for Government to consider.
The Metropolitan Region Scheme (Beeliar Wetlands) Bill 2018 that will rezone 85 hectares of the wetland from Primary Regional Roads to Parks and Recreation passed through the Legislative Assembly in August 2019.
Read the full media statement.