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3 August 2017 Media Release

ROE 8 Corridor is a place to treasure, not trespass

Residents along the Roe 8 Corridor are being asked to report any suspicious behaviour on the regrowth site after weekend incidents where trail bikes and four wheel drives tore up part of the area.

Lisa OMalley, Bicton MP and Chair of the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group, said it was disappointing that not everyone valued the Corridor.

“We want to treasure this place, not trespass,” she said.

In the latest incident, two men in a white four-wheel drive sped through an area of the Corridor near Malvolio Road and North Lake Road, Coolbellup, creating circles in the soil.

A scientist photographing the regrowth took photos of the men and their car and handed them to Police and City of Cockburn community security service CoSafe.

“This type of incident is dangerous to human life and will delay the rehabilitation of this precious site,” Ms O’Malley said

“The high construction fences may look ugly, but they are there for a reason – to keep vehicles out. We have ordered lower conservation-style fencing and this will be installed soon.”

The Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group, made up of government agencies and community groups, has been working with contractors to remove asbestos and weeds and to monitor the regrowth. A fencing strategy has been signed off, and a consultant to draft the 10-year rehabilitation plan should be appointed by mid-August.

For more information, visit http://www.rehabilitatingRoe8.org

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious behaviour to Police on (08) 9430 1222 or CoSafe on 1300 26 72 33.

Media Inquiries: Lisa O’Malley MLA

Mobile: 0433 433 077 Email: lisa.omalley@mp.wa.gov.au


19 May 2017 Media Release

ROE 8 Remediation Works Start

Community groups are working together with the government to rehabilitate the cleared areas from the construction of Roe 8. The Alliance contractors are to commence initial remediation work to make the site safe before a decision is made on the long term management of the area.

“The public should be assured that activity that they will see in the coming weeks will be the remediation of the Roe 8 site and not for the Murdoch Drive Connection project.” said new Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley.

Since the suspension of works after the election, the Community Wildlife Corridor association and the City of Cockburn met with Ministers and MPs to discuss the rehabilitation of the road reserve.

Ms O’Malley continued “It is pleasing to see that after that meeting our new government has been quick to form the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group, which I currently chair.”

“The group are now meeting weekly in my office to plan the rehabilitation.”

This group comprises representatives from the Minister of Transport and Minister of Environment, local MPs City of Cockburn, Conservation Council of WA, Community Wildlife Corridor, Aboriginal custodians, Cockburn Wetlands Centre, Dept of Parks and Wildlife, Office of the EPA, Main Roads WA and the Alliance.

“Works will be starting from Monday 22 May for weed management as well as the removal of any remaining asbestos. The mulch piles will also be removed to a temporary holding site near Kwinana Freeway rather than spread, as experts advised they would inhibit the natural regrowth.” said Ms O’Malley

“The temporary worksite fences are planned to be removed, or replaced with low key conservation fence fences to limit damage to regrowth, and allowing the public to once again access the sites.

The Working Group is being supported by rehabilitation scientists and experienced on-ground practitioners while working on a long term strategic plan, with monitoring regrowth this year and preparing for revegetation planting to start in 2018.

“Thanks to DPaW and the Cockburn Wetlands Centre, a community planting day has been organised at Horse Paddock Swamp, which is adjacent to the cleared area near Hope Road on Sunday June 18,” said Co-Convenor of the Community Wildlife Corridor, Kim Dravnieks  “as many community members were very keen to undertake some planting this year.”

For enquiries and photo opportunities please contact the office of Lisa O’Malley MLA

www.rehabilitatingroe8.org