Close call on station
BAYSWATER Council is calling on the State Government to build a Morley Metronet station in the city centre, rather than 3km away near Tonkin Highway.
The $1.6 billion project includes a Morley-Ellenbrook line, with five potential stations in Whiteman, Bennett Springs, Malaga, Noranda and Morley.
According to a City officer’s report, officers were advised in recent conversations with Metronet planners the preferred alignment was along Tonkin Highway, with the Morley station being about 3km from the Galleria Shopping Centre and the activity centre.
Councillors supported Cr Sally Palmer’s motion at last month’s council meeting requesting the City to write to relevant State ministers and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson in an effort to have the station located within the strategic metropolitan centre of Morley.
“We have to put pressure on the State Government to have a Metrohub in the Morley hub,” Cr Palmer said.
Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said the project was a “one-off opportunity” to get it right, so the City needed to be “on the front foot” in reflecting what the community and businesses wanted.
A Metronet spokeswoman said the initial focus was to identify and evaluate potential alignments and mode combinations for evaluation in the business case.
“Potential station locations and preliminary station concepts will be explored, defined and refined as the business case progresses. However, a number of the options being considered include direct connections through the Morley Activity Centre (MAC),” she said.
“Subject to the findings of this work, it is possible this may be justified as part of a short-term project outcome or potentially as part of a future staged outcome.
“In addition to this, where options may not see the main trunk line operating directly through the MAC, consideration is being given as to how to best integrate the MAC into the proposed network, such as with enhanced land use development and cycling and bus corridor connections.”
She said the team was consulting key State Government agencies and affected local governments and planned to consult the community further as the project progresses.