Train sta­tion derailed

MIN­IS­TER CITES OTHER PRI­OR­I­TIES

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

SOUTH Perth com­muters face a pro­tracted wait for the long-an­tic­i­pated South Perth train sta­tion af­ter the Public Trans­port Author­ity (PTA) said there was not a demon­strated need for a sta­tion.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said the route was ad­e­quately ser­viced by bus and ferry ser­vices.

“While the po­ten­tial for a sta­tion was fac­tored in to the de­sign of the ex­ist­ing Man­durah Line, the PTA does not be­lieve there is a demon­strated need for a sta­tion in this lo­ca­tion at the cur­rent time, or in the near fu­ture,” Mr Nalder said.

“The State Gov­ern­ment has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to di­rect tax­payer funds as­tutely, to­wards projects which will pro­vide the great­est pos­si­ble ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

The min­is­ter cited the Au­bin Grove sta­tion, Sta­dium sta­tion and the For­rest­field-Air­port Link as ex­am­ples of cur­rent ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects un­der way.

Op­po­si­tion trans­port spokesman Ken Travers said a South Perth rail­way sta­tion was com­mit­ted to and funded in the bud­get by the pre­vi­ous La­bor gov­ern­ment in 2008 but he gave no firm com­mit­ment to the sta­tion should La­bor win the next elec­tion.

“WA La­bor will con­sider a sta­tion along with other projects as part of our plan­ning lead­ing up to the next elec­tion,” Mr Travers said.

The Fin­bar Group will pur­chase an ex­ist­ing 1970s apart­ment block on Harper Ter­race for $7.25 mil­lion and plans to build a new com­plex of 56 apart­ments.

This fol­lows Fin­bar’s an­nounce­ment it had sold 73 of its 118 Aure­lia apart­ments.

The civic tri­an­gle project was an­nounced last Au­gust and is planned to in­clude a 295-apart­ment block plus a re­tail precinct with su­per­mar­ket, child­care and fit­ness cen­tres.

Fin­bar Group man­ag­ing direc­tor Dar­ren Pate­man ac­knowl­edged the South Perth re­gion was go­ing to gain pop­u­lar­ity due to its close prox­im­ity to the CBD.

“With more apart­ments and a larger pop­u­la­tion an­tic­i­pated in South Perth in the com­ing years, there is a need to meet the de­mand of lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors for more ac­cess to public trans­port,” Mr Pate­man said.

When the Perth to Man­durah rail­way line was built 10 years ago, the Kwinana Free­way was straight­ened around Richard­son Street to al­low the pro­posed rail­way sta­tion.

The City of South Perth first held a public fo­rum en­ti­tled the South Perth Sta­tion Precinct six years ago in April 2009.

Since then the City’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Cliff Frew­ing has at­tempted to ne­go­ti­ate with the Depart­ment of Trans­port and PTA.

The site of the pro­posed sta­tion.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed sta­tion.

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