Four protestors have been arrested this morning and charged with trespass on summons as they attempted to halt the bulldozing of a flora and fauna reserve to build the Peninsula Link Freeway in Frankston. Up to a hundred police converged on the site, forcibly removing around 30 protestors and arresting four.
Roads minister Tim Pallas had given an undertaking that work on the site would be suspended until a VCAT appeal had been heard, however it would seem that AbiGroup, the contractors building the freeway and the Minister have not honoured this agreement and the destruction of this important habitat corridor has begun.
Campaigners were devastated at watching machinery trash this piece of bushland. Much of the vegetation was destroyed today and they expect the dam/wetlands to be drained tomorrow. Save the Pines still intends to pursue their VCAT appeal regardless and use the hearing as an opportunity to expose the lies of those who have been building this freeway and responsible for this environmental vandalism.
It has also emerged in the last week that the Freeway extension will cost the public $2.3 Billion dollars over the next 25 years instead of the $850 million claimed by the Government. Deals like this and the desal plant (the worlds largest public private partnership) make it clear that this State ALP government is determined to ensure that the Victorian public transfers much of its wealth into the hands of the corporate sector for decades to come.
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