What’s in a name

STA­TION FAR FROM BELMONT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

THE State Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to name the new air­port rail­way sta­tion on Brear­ley Av­enue as Belmont has been la­belled “a crock” by one lo­cal res­i­dent.

Com­ment­ing on Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey’s Face­book page, Geof Tay­lor said the sta­tion was “ab­so­lutely nowhere near Belmont”. “What a crock,” he said. “Do you need me to name the sta­tions along Mid­land, Ar­madale and Fre­man­tle lines that are ac­tu­ally named for where they are?”

But Ms Godfrey said al­though the sta­tion would be lo­cated in Red­cliffe, the name re­flected the “larger lo­ca­tion of Belmont, not the sub­urb”.

“Other ex­am­ples of this are that Kwinana Sta­tion is in Ber­tram and Rock­ing­ham Sta­tion in Cooloongup,” she said.

Mr Tay­lor said the sta­tion should be called Red­cliffe or Brear­ley.

“The whole rea­son you in­tend to call it Belmont in fact gives it no iden­tity or lo­cal touch, which then di­min­ishes the point of nam­ing a sta­tion,” he said.

An­other res­i­dent, Richard Fos­ter, com­ment­ing on the South­ern Gazette Face­book page, said the sta­tion was about 5km from the centre of Belmont.

“I can just imag­ine tourists see­ing a sign at Perth train sta­tion, ‘board here for Belmont/Air­port Cen­tral and For­rest­field’, and want­ing to do a lit­tle touristy shop­ping at the fo­rum,” he said.

He said they would have to catch a bus, which would take about 15 min­utes to get to the Belmont Fo­rum.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said the sta­tion would be re­named Belmont af­ter it was for­merly Air­port West to “more ac­cu­rately re­flect” its pur­pose and lo­ca­tion.

Ms Godfrey said the sta­tion would be a great as­set for the whole City of Belmont.

“We’ll also have a bus ex­change in­te­grated with the sta­tion so that peo­ple can reach what we call the centre of Belmont,” she said.

“It shows we are pro­gress­ing and trans­form­ing this area into an even bet­ter place to live. We need to con­tinue mov­ing for­ward and not go back to the days when the east­ern sub­urbs were com­pletely ig­nored by gov­ern­ment.”

The air­port at the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal was also re­named from Con­sol­i­dated Air­port to Air­port Cen­tral.

The For­rest­field-Air­port Link rail line will be tun­nelled un­der­ground from a junc­tion near Bayswa­ter sta­tion, un­der the Swan River and the air­port, and out to For­rest­field.

It is due to open in 2020.

Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey, Premier Colin Bar­nett, For­rest­field MLA Nathan Mor­ton and Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder at the lo­ca­tion of the fu­ture Belmont Sta­tion.

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