PLAN­NING AD­VANCED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I CAN­NOT let the com­ments pub­lished in the on April 7 from Steve Irons, the Fed­eral Mem­ber for Swan, go un­chal­lenged.

It is both dis­ap­point­ing and un­for­tu­nate that Mr Irons has not un­der­stood or ac­knowl­edged the high level of plan­ning for a train sta­tion at South Perth; plan­ning that has in­volved a wide and com­pre­hen­sive con­sul­ta­tion process with our com­mu­nity.

Since at least 2002, fol­low­ing leg­is­la­tion passed to fa­cil­i­tate the Jan­dakot to Perth rail­way, the State Gov­ern­ment has con­sis­tently sup­ported a rail­way sta­tion in South Perth.

It has done this in a num­ber of ways, in­clud­ing straight­en­ing Kwinana Free­way at Richard­son Street dur­ing con­struc­tion of the Perth to Man­durah rail­way to pro­vide space in the cen­tral me­dian to have a rail­way sta­tion in that lo­ca­tion.

In ad­di­tion, con­cept de­signs were pre­pared by the Public Trans­port Author­ity for the South Perth sta­tion.

State Gov­ern­ment plan­ning agen­cies have con­trib­uted funds and formed a part­ner­ship with the City to un­der­take stud­ies aimed at in­creas­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and res­i­den­tial den­sity within the ‘walk­a­ble catch­ment’ area to sup­port a rail­way sta­tion.

Town Plan­ning Scheme Amend­ment No. 25 (South Perth Sta­tion Precinct) was ap­proved by the Plan­ning Min­is­ter and was fi­nally gazetted in Jan­uary 2013.

In­clud­ing the pre­req­ui­site precinct study, this scheme amend­ment had been in progress for some six years.

More­over, the State Gov­ern­ment con­sis­tently agreed that a rail­way sta­tion would be pro­vided sub­ject to funds be­ing avail­able in the State Bud­get.

Fund­ing for the train sta­tion was orig­i­nally in­cluded in the State Gov­ern­ment For­ward Bud­get es­ti­mates.

How­ever, the project was de­ferred pending the com­ple­tion of Amend­ment No. 25.

I take ex­cep­tion to the dis­parag­ing re­marks about our City by our own Fed­eral Mem­ber and I sug­gest that per­haps Mr Irons has over­looked the South Perth Sta­tion Precinct Plan.

All those who serve and work for the City and its res­i­dents should be treated with the ut­most re­spect, which Mr Irons is not ad­her­ing to.

I am obliged to cor­rect mis­in­for­ma­tion and mis­guided crit­i­cism of the City.

It is re­gret­table that our Fed­eral Mem­ber is dis­parag­ing our City for work­ing co­op­er­a­tively with the State Gov­ern­ment to­wards the lo­cal res­i­dents' pre­ferred out­come – a train sta­tion in South Perth for the grow­ing num­bers of res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. SUE DO­HERTY, Mayor, City of South Perth.

– co­me­dian Bob Hope

via Issy Kilov

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