Roe 8 revelations must be investigated by a Royal Commission

The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) and community groups opposed to the Roe 8 Highway have re-stated their call for a Royal Commission into the project, following revelations that Barnett Ministers were advised against clearing at the Beeliar Wetlands prior to work beginning.

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A Government briefing note sent to Barnett Government Ministers has revealed that the most costly and environmentally destructive option for Roe 8 was chosen before the election, despite advice that less costly and damaging options were available.

The revelation comes a day after the Office of the EPA released an audit of environmental compliance at the project site, supposedly giving the project a clean bill of health.

CCWA director Piers Verstegen said the EPA compliance report was insulting to the thousands of people who watched day after day as the Beeliar Wetlands and Banksia Woodlands were needlessly destroyed by Government contractors, assisted by police.

“This audit is an attempt by the Office of the EPA to wash its hands of the environmental disaster at the Roe 8 site, when in fact Environment Minister Albert Jacob and the OEPA were deeply complicit in what has now been revealed to be a deliberate and calculated act of environmental vandalism.

“It is clear that the OEPA and Minister Jacob put in place conditions for the project that sanctioned serious and unnecessary damage to the environment, with environmental controls that they knew were inadequate and unenforceable.

“The only evidence that has been examined by the auditor are documents provided by the proponent and the OEPA itself. No consultation has occurred with the hundreds of members of the community who did the daily job of monitoring the project, and none of their hundreds of pages of photographic and written statements and complaints have been examined. 

“A Senate Inquiry has already uncovered serious and ongoing compliance breaches during the course of the project and a Federal Court case established that offset conditions were not met for the project. This OEPA audit is an embarrassing and insulting attempt to sweep those issues under the carpet.

“If the audit is correct that there were no significant breaches of environmental conditions, then it simply reflects that those conditions were drafted by the OEPA so poorly as to be unenforceable and ineffective in minimising environmental harm.

“It is absolutely vital that the entire process of setting environmental conditions and approvals for this project, and the enforcement of them, is fully examined by an inquiry with the powers of a Royal Commission.

“Any properly independent examination of this project would clearly show we need reform of our environmental laws, strengthening of environmental policies, and a total rethink on how environmental conditions have been drafted under the Barnett Government.”

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  • commented 2017-04-23 06:14:07 +0800
    There must be consequences for this act of political and environmental vandalism to ensure no other government thinks they can get away with anything similar.
  • commented 2017-04-22 11:51:27 +0800
    Most governments seem to think that an election win, even by the smallest of margins, gives them this much misused and abused word ‘mandate’, to do just about anything regardless of overwhelming public opinion to the contrary. In the end, this is not really a problem about the OEPA, or Colin Barnett, or Jacobs. It goes to the heart of how our so called ‘democracy’ functions. There are many other more ethical templates for improving the workings of government. Somewhere in the future, we need to seriously push for a Royal Commission into why our democratic ‘Westminster’ system is so inadequate. Probably not in my lifetime, but let’s keep putting it out there. In the meantime, agree, The libs should be held to account.

    I live in the South-West, and visited Beeliar at the height of the destruction. The parallels with the management of the SW jarrah forests by DPaW and the Forest Products Commission in WA are obvious. Arcadia, a reasonably regenerated jarrah forest block, just south of the Wellington Dam, that hasn’t been logged for about 50 years, and has the potential to progress towards old growth values – is all tagged up and ready to be logged by FPC. This imminent logging will equally be an act of environmental vandalism (like Beeliar) that should be addressed by all, by calling for a moratorium on its logging.
  • commented 2017-04-05 16:27:22 +0800
    Fuck you barnett. squandered a good thing we had going. You should be publicly hung at opening night of perth arena. It would be a sell out for sure… just like you.
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  • commented 2017-04-04 06:34:12 +0800
    Barnett must be held accountable. We need major reform of the EPA and the laws that allowed this to happen.
  • commented 2017-04-01 09:33:24 +0800
    There must be accountability. We must take environmental issues seriously.
  • commented 2017-04-01 08:56:41 +0800
    Royal Commission into Beeliar wetlands clearing NOW!
  • commented 2017-04-01 08:36:56 +0800
    If ever there was a deliberate act of criminal and environmental vandalism this is it. I hold Barnett himself responsible for this act, when I phoned his office to have my protest registered even his office staff were seemingly in agreement with my comments. There has to be a way for the community to hold this man responsible for his actions. He should have been sacked before he lost control of himself and I believe he should now be personally sued for his criminal acts. Leah
  • commented 2017-03-31 22:02:46 +0800
    We have had Royal Commissions for much more frivolous reasons. The destructive bloody mindedness of the Barnett Liberal govt and the misconduct of its ministers needs exposing and sanctioning
  • commented 2017-03-31 20:29:17 +0800
    Government corruption needs exposed and shared to the world. These parasites were in for the money with no regards and no responsibility to the damage they did in the process. Same old same old behaviour from our corrupt government in Australia!
  • commented 2017-03-31 17:30:14 +0800
    The public servants who were entrusted to make recommendations to Government based on sound environmental decisions must show, in the first instance, how and why, they are in fact NOT the ones who are most at fault, here.
  • commented 2017-03-31 16:33:11 +0800
    Total stuff up by the Liberal Government. Definitely should be held accountable for the destruction they caused, and the money they wasted.
  • commented 2017-03-31 11:16:30 +0800
    this atrocity never should have happened, the Barnett government is to be held accountable on all costs
  • commented 2017-03-31 09:00:27 +0800
    I support this. Environmentally and fiscally irresponsible act which the liberal government knew was not supported by other parties. And given they were aware 12 months before the election that they were not going to be returned, (see quote from West Australian below), Roe 8 was surely a criminal act. They should be made to pay damages and costs to the state including destruction of environment and sacred sites. “Bloodletting within the Liberals over its disastrous election loss shows no sign of abating, with State president Norman Moore admitting the party “didn’t run a good campaign”, despite knowing for 12 months the Barnett Government was doomed”. West Australian.
  • commented 2017-03-31 08:28:45 +0800
    I support this request
  • commented 2017-03-31 07:43:56 +0800
    I thank these people who have put so much efforts into saving out environment. Its a never ending battle to stay on top of corruption and greed.. and to all that haven’t fatigued I am forever grateful.
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  • commented 2017-03-30 23:39:49 +0800
    We need governments to respect people, environment and culture. This shouldn’t have happened in a 1st world country. Show all governments now and in the future that they will be held accountable for their actions. Make Barnett pay.
  • commented 2017-03-30 23:08:04 +0800
    Ecocidal lunacy by eco-terrorists and the Barnett government needs to be held accountable.
  • commented 2017-03-30 20:48:25 +0800
    i think you mean environmental terrorism
  • commented 2017-03-30 19:52:41 +0800
    Royal Commission is truly required to get to the bottom of the corrupt, environmental reckless, shameful Liberal government.
  • commented 2017-03-30 19:44:14 +0800
    Barnett had his nose put out when the people stopped James Price Point & the Beeliar Wetlands bore the brunt of his wounded ego & his
    arrogant bloody mindedness…. He should be made to pay for the reveg work, from his jail cell….
  • commented 2017-03-30 19:19:08 +0800
    Mr Barnett is the biggest vandal this country has ever seen, he should be ashamed of himself
  • commented 2017-03-30 19:12:13 +0800
    For all of those times when the sheer senselessness of that stupid road became overwhelming I would think eventually they will have an inquiry into this. A royal commission is a given.
  • commented 2017-03-30 18:38:10 +0800
    Mr Barnett and the former WA Government Ministers involved need to see that there are serious consequences for their senseless, ignorant and destructive decisions!
  • commented 2017-03-30 18:02:32 +0800
    What about the poor creatures who died or lost their homes and habitat.Nothing will bring them back.Barney and his sidekicks have a lot to answer for
  • commented 2017-03-30 12:39:26 +0800
    I used to live there,it had beautiful pockets of nature with wild orchids and black cockatoos resting on the end of coolbellup avenue.It makes me feel ill to see how they stripped it bare of everything and I wonder even all that land can ever recover.Its just now an eyesore and a heartache
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