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Squabble over bus shelter

A WAR of words has broken out between Pearce MHR Christian Porter and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti over a bus shelter in Dayton.

Mr Porter said he called on Ms Saffioti, who was also the West Swan MLA, and the City of Swan to work together to build a bus shelter for residents who lived near Cranleigh St.

Mr Porter said he had started a petition and joined residents in calling for upgrades to public transport infrastructure in Dayton saying as the hottest months approached Dayton residents should not be expected to wait for public transport without appropriate shelter.

He said the bus stop near Cranleigh St was completely inadequate as there was no shelter or a place to sit.

“Many of the 1500-plus people that live in Dayton use public transport every day – meaning, rain, hail or searing heat, they are forced to wait without shelter for their bus,’’ he said.

“I know that this isn’t a major project request, but it is something that will make a major difference.”

Dayton resident Melinda Richards said she had used the bus shelter for many years and a shelter had not been forthcoming.

“It’s not much of a bus shelter – I’ve seen many people, even pregnant women, sitting on a stone near the shelter,’’ she said.

“We pay rates and taxes and we feel like we are not being looked after.”

Ms Saffioti said Mr Porter was a federal government minister who had overseen the worst share of GST in WA history and who as state treasurer wrecked the finances and ignored public transport.

“The state government is investing $50 million towards the dual carriageway New Lord St project, which also includes improvements to public transport infrastructure,’’ she said.

“We have also set about improving other bus stops in the area, including several on Marshall Road.”

“I am always working to improve local bus stops and I call on Mr Porter to help contribute funds towards bus stops, given his failure to secure funding in other areas.”

To sign the petition to get the bus shelter built, head to christianporter.com.au/dayton-bus-shelter

By Anita McInnes

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. Ok Rita how much does a bus shelter cost and how much has YOUR government pledged to spend since you were elected and allegedly “discovered” how bad off the state is.

    The “blame the feds’ and “blame Barnett” excuses have worn thin, get real.

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