OPPOSITION leader Bill Shorten was in WA this week promising to help relocate the Midland station closer to the hospital and to extend the train line to Bellevue if Labor wins the next federal election.
Mr Shorten said if Labor won power his government would invest $83 million to support moving the Midland station 800m closer to the Midland hospital and extending the Midland line to Bellevue, creating up to 280 local jobs and building the infrastructure the region needed to grow.
At press conference Premier Mark McGowan said Midland had been ignored by the federal Liberal government.
Mr McGowan said it was sensible to redevelop and move the Midland station, which would allow for redevelopment of land – much of it owned by the state – around the station.
Redeveloping the land would help create apartments and jobs.
Planning and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the proposal was a key component of Metronet.
Ms Saffioti said the state government hoped to have a business case completed by the third quarter of this year.
The project does appear to be dependent on more federal money as neither Mr McGowan or Ms Saffioti mentioned the state contributing any funds at this stage.
Labor’s candidate for Hasluck Lauren Palmer said a relocated Midland train station would not just benefit Midland residents.
“People from High Wycombe, Forrestfield, Maida Vale, Kalamunda and even Mundaring, travel to use the train and it’s about time that they got the transport and infrastructure facilities they deserve,” she said.
Mr Shorten said the commitment was part of Labor’s $1.6 billion Fair Share for WA Fund that was announced to bring WA’s GST share up to the equivalent of a 70-cent floor.
He said Western Australia did not get its fair share from Turnbull – with the Liberals failing to do anything to address concerns about GST relativities.
“Instead of giving multinationals and millionaires big tax handouts, Labor is prioritising more infrastructure and more jobs for WA and investing in projects that will make a real difference to the lives of West Australians now and in the future.’’