A concert with prominent Australian artists has been held as part of continued protests against Perth’s controversial Freight Link.
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Donna Simpson from The Waifs were joined by other local artists at the community organised event in Hamilton Hill on Monday afternoon.
Donna Simpson said it was the first protest she had been involved with, as she moved to the area because of the bushland and was devastated to see it go.
“It’s heartbreaking – it’s stunning there, it’s full of wattle and native trees,” she told AAP.
She called for Premier Colin Barnett to visit the area and speak with locals about the highway plans, saying he would be respected for engaging in a conversation with them and listening to their concerns.
Event organiser Danielle Lake said the concert was put together in just five days, after the community decided to do something positive with their anger after bulldozing began before Christmas.
“We were gutted at what we were witnessing,” she said.
“This is $1.9 billion of taxpayer money for a toll road. If they continue to build it we will continue to say no.”
She said the key issue was transparency, and there had been more than 100 freedom of information requests about the project that had not been processed.
There have been weeks of protests at the controversial worksite, with many people arrested and issued with move-on notices after work began last month.
Protest group Save Beeliar Wetlands last month lost its bid to challenge state environmental approval for the road in the High Court, but it is now pursuing a challenge in the Federal Court over the commonwealth environmental approval.
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