This is not a State elec­tion

South Western Times - - Letters To The Editor - Bun­bury MLA Don Punch

BUN­BURY City Coun­cil can­di­date James Hay­ward has again raised a high speed train for Bun­bury in his re-elec­tion cam­paign.

There are two points I would make to Cr Hay­ward.

The WA La­bor pol­icy for im­proved train ser­vices to Bun­bury says: “The work by the pre­vi­ous La­bor Gov­ern­ment to plan for a new, high speed train ser­vice be­tween Perth and Bun­bury has stalled un­der the (then) cur­rent Lib­eral-Na­tional Gov­ern­ment.

“We will put these plans back on the ta­ble and work to­wards a long-term plan for high speed rail to Bun­bury.”

Only La­bor has com­pleted any work to­wards high speed rail and it was Cr Hay­ward’s Lib­eral-Na­tional Gov­ern­ment that dropped the ball.

The McGowan Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to rail ser­vices to Bun­bury.

Fix­ing the Aus­tralind now does not pre­vent long-term plan­ning for a faster train, but it does mean peo­ple won’t have to wait a decade or more be­fore en­joy­ing any im­prove­ment to train travel which would cer­tainly be the case if the Gov­ern­ment fo­cussed solely on a fast train ser­vice.

My sec­ond point to Mr Hay­ward is the State Elec­tion is over – you are run­ning for lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The peo­ple of Bun­bury have ev­ery right to be con­cerned about their parks and foot­paths.

All can­di­dates need to en­sure they de­liver value for money to their ratepay­ers.

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