Train station derailed
MINISTER CITES OTHER PRIORITIES
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.