EastLink WA is also known as "The Orange Route" and commonly referred to as the "Perth Adelaide National Highway" (PANH). Originally conceived forty years ago, this retrograde and destructive $1.6 billion + proposal puts through traffic ahead of place and people and is frighteningly outdated. Rethink EastLink care immensely about preserving the precious Perth Hills from this undue and unasked for road outrage and is dedicated to preventing our Hills from becoming history.
The EastLink WA highway would tear through Perth Hills, a treasured and recognised biodiversity hotspot. The sheer scale of the plan (check it out here) paints a bleak picture for the environment. Clearing of at least 680 hectares of land, interrupting connectivity for animals by covering vital ecological linkages with tonnes of asphalt, generating 24-hour noise, air and light pollution and forever transforming the peaceful and picturesque Hills we all know and love. Together with the community, Rethink EastLink will make it clear that our Hills are not a place for a highway the expense of the flora and fauna who call it home.
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The planned EastLink WA Highway plan is 80km long from Midland to Northam and would drive through the suburbs of Stratton, Jane Brook, Middle Swan, Red Hill, Gidgegannup, Wooroloo, Wundowie, Bakers Hill, Clackline, Northam and beyond. It would divide communities, impact visual and rural amenity, aboriginal heritage, local businesses and decimate what's important to communities on the ground. Rethink EastLink's grassroots campaign is entirely community-led and championed by locals throughout the Perth Hills.
From Roe Highway to Gidgegannup, EastLink WA would be designed to freeway standard, which would include ‘freeway style’ interchanges with entry and exit ramps onto the highway as well as multiple flyovers. From Gidgegannup to Northam, it would be designed as a rural highway with several interchanges and intersections that provide left-in-left-out access or movement in each direction. This infrastructure is primarily for the transport of heavy freight road trains up to 36.5m in length with a mass up to 107t. Perth Hills would be overwhelmed by the onslaught of construction of this high-vehicle capacity truck thoroughfare and the roar of fast-moving and heavy vehicles 24 hours a day.
Rethink EastLink intends to keep on trucking in our mission to represent the community in opposing the construction of EastLink WA and to ultimately ensure this proposal is declared permanently untenable.