Saying no to Roe 8

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Eco-activism and social work : New directions in leadership and group work


Taylor & Francis


School of Arts and Humanities / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications




Brady, D. (2019). Saying no to Roe 8. In Ross, D., Brueckner, M., Palmer, M., & Eaglehawke, W. (Eds.). Eco-activism and social work: New directions in leadership and group work, 74-89.


There are many stories which could be told of how the Beeliar Wetlands, in Perth, WA, were saved from the Roe Highway development in 2017. The social movement which reached its peak during the final months before a WA election in 2017 was made up of diverse participants and groups who wanted to preserve the Beeliar Wetlands for the future. This chapter describes some of the practical actions taken during the campaign. It gives a more extensive discussion of the background and implications of the Roe 8 dispute by A. Gaynor, P. Newman and P. Jennings. The Beeliar Wetlands are an urban bushland remnant, surrounded by suburbs, about 20 kilometres south of Perth, the capital of WA. In addition to being known as an area of high biodiversity, important for threatened species like Carnaby’s black cockatoo, the Beeliar Wetlands is a place specifically valued and used by people.

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