Marmion named new WA transport minister


Industry thanks former minister Nalder, who is believed to have quit following disagreement over Perth Freight Link project

Marmion named new WA transport minister
New WA transport minister Bill Marmion.

 

The Western Australian Road Transport Association (WARTA) has welcomed the new transport minister of WA, Bill Marmion, who was appointed to the cabinet following former transport minister Dean Nalder’s shock exit.

Nalder is believed to have stated that his resignation was the result of an ongoing difference of opinion with WA premier Colin Barnett over the controversial Perth Freight Link project.

Barnett says he is confident that the new minister will be successful in overseeing the completion of the project.

"He's [Marmion] certainly the right person to get the project underway," Barnett says.

"I think people will enjoy working with Bill. He understands major projects he certainly understands the transport sector as a whole.

"The real task is just simply getting on with the job.

"Construction is about to get underway on the airport rail project.

"We want to see the contracts for Roe 8, through to Stock Road, finalised, signed and construction start."

WARTA says combining the transport, innovation and state development portfolios under minister Marmion "ideally aligns" the trends and objectives of the WA road transport industry.

"The road transport industry is entering a period of major innovation and technology opportunities and challenges," WARTA states.

"WARTA is already deeply involved in a working with industry, government and academics on new and exciting ideas to enhance productivity and safety.

"WARTA on behalf on the road transport industry is a leading advocate for the development of the State's potential including:

regional infrastructure to support new market opportunities for our state's producers and entrepreneurs.

reducing transport barriers to our state's productivity."

The association thanks former minister for his contribution to the industry.

"In welcoming the appointment, WARTA recognises the contribution of former Minister, Dean Nalder, who was a leading proponent of industry productivity and innovation."

ABC online report suggests Nalder says that he was directed by Barnett to shelve the second stage of the Perth Freight Link project, which includes building a tunnel from Stock Road to Fremantle, and proceed only with Roe, an extension of Roe Highway across the Beeliar Wetlands.

The project has been fraught with controversy since last year when the Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approval, stating the authority had failed to follow its own environmental consideration guidelines by giving the project an all-clear.

However, the Appeals Court overturned the former ruling paving the way for the commencement of Stage One. 

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