Save Beeliar Wetlands Law Fund

$56,735 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 481 people in 26 months
Save Beeliar Wetlands is taking our campaign to the High Court of Australia. We know that Roe 8/Perth Freight Link is bad policy and the wrong decision for Western Australia's future. Wetlands are fragile and delicate, and the Beeliar Wetlands can't recover from clearing 100ha - approx 1/4 of the total. There is no way that a freeway through a wetland can be anything other than an environmental disaster.

The community doesn't want this road and the cost is unacceptably high when there are better alternatives. The safety of our community, schools, parks and homes are all under imminent threat by the Perth Freight Link.

 We need to raise funds now to continue to challenge the poor decision making about Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link. We have the support of local councils and local members of parliament both at the State and Federal level. Thousands of supporters have joined us already and given their support, time and energy.

Working together we can be a powerful voice for the community. We know that the government has more legal muscle and access to funds - but we have the people power and support of our great community! 

We need your help! We need to raise at least $50,000. Giving whatever you can will help us get there.

We are ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things, join us to help protect the environment, community amenity and the proper use of public money.

What is the Save Beeliar Wetlands Campaign?

The Save Beeliar Wetlands campaign is all about local community. We appreciate the ecological value and beauty of the Beeliar Wetlands, a series of swamps, wetlands and lakes across the southern corridor of Perth forming part of the Beeliar Regional Park. Local people have been involved in activity and community awareness to halt road building through this fragile environment for more than 30 years.

Our campaign has grown so much in the last 2 years that it is hard to describe and we now have supporters all over Perth and beyond. The campaign takes in all facets of the community from the committee who meet every fortnight, to the people who sit on stalls, organise fundraisers, write to the papers, take photos, play music, make soup, put up signs and contribute by making a noise and reminding the government that not only do we not want the road but we think that their planning processes are fundamentally flawed. We are passionate about our wetlands, we have been campaigning relentlessly, we are willing to put in huge effort to stop this Road to Nowhere.

 What We Need

We have an incredible team of lawyers and community members who have given their time for this legal challenge but we need to meet their generosity by contributing funds to pay for the ongoing and already incurred costs. We have already won a huge victory for our cause last December when the Chief Justice agreed with us that the EPA should have to follow its own guidelines and processes. The Government appealed this decision and this appeal has been upheld. The last place we can appeal is the High Court of Australia so we need more funds to cover both our costs and the estimated costs of taking such action. The team have estimated that this will come to more than $100,000. With your help our campaign can confidently continue to seek justice. 

The Impact

It is not difficult to imagine how much protecting this last remaining wetland could give our community - we enjoy it now and will do everything we can to avoid having it destroyed by an unnecessary freeway development. If we can win this we can secure a future nature space for generations of wildlife and people. Losing this precious wetlands and adjacent bushland will impact upon us all.

The biggest impacts are:

*protecting Aboriginal and non Aboriginal culture and heritage

*protection of habitat for threatened species such as the Carnaby's Cockatoo, Graceful Sun Moth and Southern Bandicoot

*continuity of the wetlands to ensure biodiversity and species survival of both animal and plant species

*keeping Bibra Lake and North Lake as spaces for our kids and community to enjoy

*alerting the government to the need to listen to the people: they do not have a mandate to build this road

*clean air

*clean water

*keep our homes and bush safe
 
Risks & Challenges

There are risks involved in the Save Beeliar Wetlands Campaign, we are putting our community organisation on the line by going to court however we believe that this is a risk that we can and should take for the good of all.

Many people in the southern and western suburbs of Perth are relying on us to stop the Perth Freight Link at Roe 8. It is the best way of keeping the Government accountable and ask them to properly consider the development needs of the state, in particular the Kwinana Outer Harbour.

Please find out more about our campaign through savebeeliarwetlands.com and rethinkthelink.com.au
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Great news! We have a hearing date for our special leave application: 16th Dec. Thanks again to ALL of you generous and supportive folk. WE DID THIS TOGETHER!
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Friends we are so close only $990 away from our target!!!! Thank you all again for your generosity and belief in us. The first hearing date will be set soon. In the meantime if there is anyone you know who has been holding on to help us burst through the finish line...their time is NOW! All the best and thanks from all of us here at Save Beeliar Wetlands, X Kate
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Such a great walk this morning with some keen donators and Professor Hans Lambers! Please keep sharing this important cause <3
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It is unbelievable but together we have raised more than $36000 in 5 days! Even though we know that ultimately we need to raise approximately 100k the amount raised so far is an incredible testimony to our strong community. I would like to offer a personal thankyou by way of a 2 hour guided walk through the Roe 8 reserve this Saturday August 20th at 10am. If you would like to attend please let me know by emailing orphikate@gmail.com. If you are coming in a group please consider dropping one car down at the end of the walk which is on Bibra Dve, Bibra Lakes between Hope Rd and Farrington Dve opposite the entrance to Lakeside Rec Centre and then car pool back to the start. Please park up where you can on the verge. The start of the walk will leave from the north eastern corner of the Stock Rd/Forrest Rd intersection in Coolbellup. There is some room on the verges near by or safer parking on Sebastian Crescent Coolbellup (please leave plenty of time for parking and gathering by 10am). I look forward to seeing you and thanking you in person!!! Best wishes, Kate Kelly.
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$56,735 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 481 people in 26 months
Created August 7, 2016
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$50
Jane Crothers
20 months ago

Thank you for all your effort

RF
$100
Roald Fullerton
20 months ago

Fight to till you win. We understand this rape of the country in Tasmania

JB
$2,000
John Brett
21 months ago

Inspired by Anne

$30
Anonymous
21 months ago
SL
$200
Sue Lushey
21 months ago

Keep Going! You're all doing a great job, and the community is behind you!

NP
$20
Natasha Pecotich
21 months ago

I can't believe Colin Barnett. What an arrogant prick. The only thing we can do now is vote him out at the state election! We have to vote labor in this case since they have the best chance at winning.

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