MIDLAND is set to reclaim the strong-hold on WA’s rail manufacturing industry after a State Government announcement in late-August, but could the historical revival deliver trains to the rest of the nation?
When asked by Echo News if Midland could become the home of national rail manufacturing, Victorian Senator Kim Carr was not clear but advocated for the State’s rail manufacturing potential.
Senator Carr joined Hasluck Labor candidate James Martin at Midland Train Station on Tuesday to promote Labor’s National rail plan.
The visit came six weeks after the history-making decision to bring railcar manufacturing back to WA with a purpose built facility in Bellevue.
Mr Carr said Midland would be a great location to manufacture Australian-made rail infrastructure for exporting nationally and internationally.
“Midland is an ideal place,” he said.
“Given the history of this City, I think it’s only appropriate to build on what has been done at a State level through National coordinated action.”
He pushed Labor’s agenda to produce Australian made, and Western Australian made, passenger and resource industry rail systems.
“We can look to Western Australia as a national program to build national capabilities,” he said.
“Particularly given the State’s strong resources sector, why can’t this State be able to participate in building railcars for our resources industry as well as the rolling stock for passengers.”
Hasluck candidate, and current Mundaring Shire councillor, James Martin said it would be his future role to advocate for national rail manufacturing in his electorate.
He said there were proposals in place to encourage industries to support local manufacturing and job creation as well as the potential for exportation of Bellevue made rail products.
The proposed manufacturing facility, on the corner of Elgee and Robinson roads, will share the site with a new Public Transport Authority railcar maintenance depot.
By Claire Ottaviano