Close call on sta­tion

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

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.

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