Prom­ises hon­oured on trans­port plans

STA­TION AND ROAD­WORKS AMONG PROJECTS FUNDED

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

TRANS­PORT in El­len­brook has fea­tured as a pri­or­ity in the 2017-18 State Bud­get, with the Govern­ment al­lo­cat­ing more than $140 mil­lion to trans­port con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture.

The Lord Street du­pli­ca­tion project, which in­cor­po­rates the earth­works for the El­len­brook rail line and pre­lim­i­nary works at the train sta­tion site re­ceived $49 mil­lion, while $20 mil­lion was com­mit­ted to­wards the de­tailed plan­ning of the Morley to El­len­brook line.

A pre-elec­tion prom­ise to ease con­ges­tion and com­mute times for peo­ple liv­ing in El­len­brook and sur­rounds was ce­mented, with $70 mil­lion al­lo­cated to the Reid High­way dual car­riage­way be­tween Al­tone Road and West Swan Road.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the Bud­get had shown the Govern­ment was com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing on elec­tion prom­ises for peo­ple in El­len­brook and the Swan Val­ley.

“Peo­ple in West Swan were con­tin­u­ally dis­ap­pointed by the Lib­eral-Na­tional Govern­ment’s fail­ure to de­liver qual­ity trans­port,” she said.

“Metronet will de­liver a world-class trans­port sys­tem through­out the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan area.”

Swan Hills MLA Jes­sica Shaw said she was ex­cited about the com­mit­ments to­ward key projects in the re­gion.

“We’ve al­ready started many of our lo­cal Metronet projects, in­clud­ing the 335 and 356 bus routes, con­nect­ing El­len­brook and Midland to the Joon­dalup rail line,” she said.

“The plan­ning for the Morley to El­len­brook train line will con­tinue the foun­da­tion works we an­nounced back in April, as­so­ci­ated with the Lord Street du­pli­ca­tion project.

“The earth­works are un­der­way and we’re also pre­par­ing the sta­tion site, with the relocation of the El­len­brook telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions tower.

“The de­tailed plan­ning an­nounced last Thurs­day will al­low com­ple­tion of a de­tailed busi­ness case for the whole Morley to El­len­brook project.

“We’re try­ing to max­imise the value of this sig­nif­i­cant project; it’s going to un­lock the north­east cor­ri­dor and needs to be planned and de­signed care­fully.”

Tourism and jobs in the Swan Val­ley will re­ceive a boost af­ter the Govern­ment de­liv­ered $1.4 mil­lion to­wards the Swan Val­ley De­vel­op­ment Pack­age.

The Govern­ment will com­mit to on­go­ing fund­ing to sup­port the El­len­brook po­lice sta­tion’s 24-7 op­er­at­ing hours, which be­gan in July fol­low­ing an elec­tion prom­ise.

Some $11 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated to­wards an 80 mil­lion­l­itre wa­ter stor­age tank, which will safe­guard El­len­brook’s con­tin­ued growth and $1.75 mil­lion to­wards a child and par­ent cen­tre at Ar­bor Grove Pri­mary School.

Ms Shaw said the Bud­get was re­spon­si­ble, but would help un­lock the north­east cor­ri­dor.

“We won’t put un­costed projects in the bud­get like the Bar­nett Lib­er­als, which led to huge blow-outs on the fi­nal build costs,” she said.

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