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Anthony Albanese, Rita Saffioti, Bill Shorten, Michelle Roberts, Lauren Palmer and Mark McGowan at Midland train station, which Mr Shorten promised to help relocate.

Shorten promises Midland projects

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.’’

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.

One comment

  1. All this talk about moving the station needs clarification. Does “relocating the station” mean the existing will be demolished and a new one built or does it mean an additional station will be built.

    Using some foresight and imagination I would think keeping the existing but downgrading it would be a better way to go. Encourage Centrepoint to employ some imaginative expansion and follow other great cities around the world and incorporate the station into the centre.

    But of course none of this is new, it is just campaigning.

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