PM’s fly­ing rail visit

Midland Reporter - - News - Lau­ren Pi­lat

PRIME Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull vis­ited the site of the planned new Mid­land train sta­tion last week af­ter match­ing the Op­po­si­tion’s com­mit­ment of $83 mil­lion to the project.

The fund­ing an­nounce­ment was a Lib­eral Party elec­tion prom­ise made ear­lier this year as part of a $420m com­mit­ment to in­fra­struc­ture in Hasluck.

On his pre-elec­tion cam­paign in Perth, Mr Turn­bull had an ex­tremely brief visit with Hasluck MHR Ken Wy­att at the Rail­way Pa­rade site, where the train sta­tion is planned to be re­lo­cated.

In a brief state­ment, Mr Turn­bull said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment had com­mit­ted $1.1 bil­lion to rail in­fra­struc­ture and this was part of that fund­ing.

Hav­ing come from an event with school stu­dents, he was quick to race off and con­tinue on his cam­paign to se­cure WA votes with his plan to carve-up the GST.

In the Prime Min­is­ter’s ab­sence, Mr Wy­att said the in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects ear­marked for Hasluck would help save lives, re­duce con­ges­tion and lift busi­ness ef­fi­ciency.

“The re­lo­ca­tion of the Mid­land sta­tion will pro­vide eas­ier ac­cess to the hos­pi­tal for pa­tients and visi­tors,” he said.

“Re­build­ing it on the orig­i­nal site is great for the his­tory of Mid­land but more im­por­tantly for the safety of the peo­ple need­ing to walk over to the hos­pi­tal be­cause you won’t be walk­ing long dis­tances in streets that may not be well lit.

“Rail­way works and pri­or­ity in­ter­changes are go­ing to make life eas­ier for lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses.”

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment also com­mit­ted $183m for the Hale, Welsh­pool and Kelvin roads in­ter­sec­tions on Tonkin High­way and $144m for the Roe High­way-Great Eastern High­way By­pass In­ter­change.

Mr Wy­att said the fund­ing was a tremen­dous win for the peo­ple of Hasluck and the broader com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially the $10m com­mit­ment for the Or­ange Route to take trucks off the Great Eastern High­way and en­sure a safer Ar­madale.

“Any in­vest­ment in Mid­land, in­clud­ing Mid­land Gate in­creas­ing the num­ber of shops, gives peo­ple liv­ing in this area bet­ter choice and greater op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“Mid­land is a for­got­ten jewel. It was once one of the great­est hubs in this state; let’s make Mid­land great again.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d485746

Hasluck MHR Ken Wy­att and Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull at the site of the new Mid­land train sta­tion.

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