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Transport Minister Rita Saffioti at an Ellenbrook rail community information session.

Ellenbrook rail talks start

ABOUT 170 residents attended a community information session for the Morley-Ellenbrook train line last week.

The information session, led by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw, followed an earlier community survey on the project.

Almost 2000 residents provided feedback about the Morley-Ellenbrook line via a survey, which asked residents along the future rail alignment about their travel habits and future needs, as part of the planning process for the Metronet rail line to Ellenbrook via Morley.

Most residents indicated their top three priorities for their suburb was a train line, better public transport and improved recreational or entertainment facilities.

In a joint statement Ms Saffioti and Ms Shaw said the survey showed residents wanted to see cafes and bars, recreational areas and retail outlets in future station precincts.

They said the survey also revealed a high dependency on car travel which, if left unaddressed, would lead to unsustainable congestion as the north-eastern population continued to grow.

“Planning for the Morley-Ellenbrook line is well underway with the alignment and future station locations being examined,’’ the statement said.

“A contract for the development of the business case is also set to be awarded imminently.’’

Ms Saffioti said it was the first of many consultations as the Ellenbrook Metronet project continued to develop.

“Starting consultation at this early stage in the project will ensure we end up with a project that the whole community will value and benefit from for many decades to come.”

Ms Shaw said bringing the train to Ellenbrook would transform the area and help it grow into the master planned community it was designed to be.

“We have to make sure that this project delivers for the community with local jobs and the facilities we need, that’s why consultation is so important,’’ she said.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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