A year after the fences went up around the Roe 8 reserve on Malvolio Road, the Beeliar Group and their community partners are launching their book on the Roe 8 saga:
Never Again: Reflections on Environmental Responsibility after Roe 8, edited by Andrea Gaynor, Peter Newman and Philip Jennings and published by UWA Publishing
The lead-up to the 2017 Western Australian state election saw a large and lively protest over the construction of stage 8 of the Roe Highway and the Perth Freight Link. Years of opposition to Roe 8 culminated in civil disobedience, mass arrests and media theatrics as the bulldozers tore across Aboriginal heritage sites and through much-loved bushland and wetland just weeks out from an election the government appeared likely to lose. When Labor was swept to power in the biggest landslide victory ever delivered by Western Australian voters the Roe 8 contracts were cancelled and regeneration of the damaged area commenced.
This book traces the history of Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link and records the diverse and vigorous resistance to the project. It illuminates what was at stake in the conflict and makes recommendations for action across transport, planning, environmental law, health and Aboriginal heritage policy areas to ensure that Western Australian people and environments never again have such a damaging project thrust upon them.
We invite you to join us to celebrate the collective effort that stopped the Perth Freight Link and to launch this book. There is much to reflect on and celebrate and we will do so in style, with music and dance, speeches, food and drink at the symbolic heart of Fremantle and site of some key events in the campaign against the Perth Freight Link – the Fremantle Town Hall!
DOORS OPEN AT 5PM | BOOK LAUNCH AT 6PM, FOLLOWED BY MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT UNTIL 10PM
Food and drink will be available to buy throughout the evening.
Tickets are free but essential and available through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/never-again-book-launch-tickets-39161658575
If you’re unable to make it to the launch but would like to purchase a copy of the book you can do so here: http://bit.ly/neveragainroe8