NO TRAIN, NO GAIN
GRAND TRANSPORT PLAN
IMAGINE catching a train from Balcatta or a tram along Karrinyup Road.
The City of Stirling plans to make these visions reality as part of its Better Suburbs project aimed at growing its northeastern suburbs.
Balga, Dianella, Mirrabooka,
Nollamara, and Westminster, along with parts of Balcatta, Hamersley, Tuart Hill and Yokine, have been targeted for longterm development.
Under the project, a light rail line would run along Wanneroo Road from a train station at the corner of Reid Highway in Balcatta, part of the State Government’s
Metronet plan, to Perth CBD, and another along Karrinyup Road and Morley Drive to connect Karrinyup Shopping Centre and the Morley centre.
The City also wants light rail along Beaufort Street between Perth and Morley, and from Glendalough Station to Scarborough Beach.
ANZAC spirit is being reflected in a new partnership to support veterans from New Zealand as well as Australia.
The Veterans Support Centre Joondalup has joined forces with a representative for the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) to help veterans from both countries.
The support centre at Heathridge Community Centre is run by the Joondalup City RSL, where volunteers help connect former servicemen and women, including first responders, to support services.
Co-ordinator Ken Beven said the centre opened a year ago to support all veterans and their families and had nine volunteers, as well as two advocates and a welfare officer.
Former RSA branch president John Forrest started volunteering there a few months ago and was recently approached by RSA to be its representative for former servicemen and women from New Zealand now living in Perth.
“We can point them in the right direction if they need a psychologist or if they need assistance,” he said.
Mr Beven said the partnership would provide moral support as well, with Anzac Day services in both countries already featuring each other’s national anthems.
“When we have our dawn services down at Ocean Reef, there’s a lot of New Zealanders coming along,” he said.
“They sometimes just need somebody to talk to, someone who has done similar things to them.
“Putting the NZ in Anzac and assisting our brothers from across the ditch who now reside locally will be a win-win for all veterans and their dependants.”
The centre at 16 Sail Terrace, Heathridge, is open on Tuesdays from 11am-4pm and Thursdays from 1-6pm.
It provides introductions to other ex-service organisations that provide specific support, does welfare checks and has contact lists for household service providers for Department of Veteran Affairs clients and non-DVA clients.
Email vscjoon[email protected] hotmail.com or call the 24-7 line 0437 378 498.
Revamping the ‘burbs: Artist impressions of, clockwise from above, North Beach Drive, Flinders Street and Victoria Road near Stirling Central Shopping Centre.
John Forrest and Ken Beven at the Veterans Support Centre Joondalup.