Metronet team takes on con­ges­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

MORE use of trains and less traffic con­ges­tion in Shen­ton Park will be con­sid­ered by the State Gov­ern­ment af­ter it in­her­ited the sub­urbs’ hospi­tal re­de­vel­op­ment from its pre­de­ces­sor.

“Ini­tially the Metronet team will be tasked with look­ing at the busi­ness cases for the new pro­posed lines, but part of that is look­ing at the her­itage lines and how we can en­cour­age more use of pub­lic trans­port, and if that means get­ting bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity and re­duc­ing the traffic we’ll also look at that,” Lands Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said.

Ms Saf­fi­oti an­nounced ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the first two blocks to be re­de­vel­oped on the 16ha hospi­tal site last Fri­day.

As she spoke, Shen­ton Col­lege stu­dents ne­go­ti­ated traffic clog­ging the ad­ja­cent Selby and Nash streets’ in­ter­sec­tion, next to which Landcorp’s first stage com­prises about 1500 new town­houses and apart­ments and a 5000sq m shop­ping area. Con­ges­tion caused by mul­ti­ple cars from apart­ments and stu­dent numbers at the al­ready crowded Shen­ton Col­lege was among con­cerns about re­de­vel­op­ing the hospi­tal site and bush on the site’s west side, af­fect­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of neigh­bour­ing bush used by en­dan­gered cock­a­toos.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal for se­lec­tive stu­dents at Su­bi­aco’s Perth Mod­ern School to go to a new Perth CBD site would take pres­sure off the col­lege be­cause Su­bi­aco-area stu­dents would then go to any new high school at the Perth Mod­ern site.

Bush used by the cock­a­toos was a sep­a­rate is­sue from the “good” amount of bush left at the hospi­tal but Ms Saf­fi­oti would be briefed about it and any plans for neigh­bour­ing UWA land to be de­vel­oped.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in the first stage of the hospi­tal’s re­de­vel­op­ment, com­pris­ing the Mon­tario Quar­ter of two mixed-used R160 lots of 10,0000sq m on Selby Street and 8500sq m near the her­itage Vic­to­ria House, open this week.

Landcorp chief ex­ec­u­tive Frank Mara said her­itage-listed Vic­to­ria House in the sec­ond block could be the de­vel­op­ment’s cen­tre­piece and be used for aged care and com­mu­nity pur­poses.

Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins, whose coun­cil will get a in­flux of new ratepay­ers, said while the coun­cil­lors were “com­fort­able” with the de­vel­op­ment, the sta­tus of the bush at the west end of the site had to be con­firmed.

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