Stirling Times - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Pond

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.

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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.

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