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Potter’s House Church pastor Daryl Elliott (right) and assistant Glenn Plummer stand against the substation’s location.

Church fight for freedom from substation

A CHURCH neighbouring the future Malaga train station has spoken out in the hope of stopping an electrical substation being built on its doorstep, but Metronet says it’s a done deal.

Potter’s House Church on Marshall Road is strongly objecting to the new substation’s location based on lack of consultation, its size, amenity loss and bushfire risk.

Senior pastor Daryl Elliott said the church was sent a letter to comment on the train station’s development application (DA), but by the time it arrived the time for comment had expired.

They received a week extension to respond.

“Construction has started on the electrical infrastructure to be built immediately adjacent to our site with no consideration of our amenity,” he said.

“There are other suitable nearby locations… to not even be consulted prior to construction is completely unacceptable.”

The church was also surprised to learn one of two access points in and out of the property would be closed during works to Beechboro Road North.

“We’re all for Metronet and for public transport,” Mr Elliott said.

“But we’re in a worse position with this development, there’s potential for our access being lost, a massive power station as our new neighbour and no accessibility to the station.”

A Metronet spokeswoman said while many elements of the design, such as road closures and connectivity, had not been finalised, the location of the substation was non-negotiable.

“The location of the Western Power substation has been selected from a number of options and is the only suitable site due to the requirements for power supply to the station and the surrounding precinct,” she said.

“Bushfire risk is being managed through the design and delivery of this infrastructure, with the location now fixed.

“The infrastructure is being set back from the Potter’s House Church lot boundary with sufficient space to allow for a future public road to be delivered to service any potential development around Malaga Station.

“The new Malaga Station will provide efficient transport links to the surrounding suburbs of Landsdale, Alexander Heights, Ballajura and Bennett Springs to the Perth CBD via Bayswater and support future growth in the area.”

In October, the City of Swan council resolved to advise the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) the Malaga Station DA was considered consistent with the City’s local planning scheme but noted a number of recommendations.

Some of the recommendations included relocation of the substation, improved connectivity between the train station site and the surrounding suburbs and continued access to the church during works to Beechboro Road North.

Not everyone agreed and councillors voted 9/5, with those against arguing for a rejection of the Malaga Station development application due to a number of issues.

The WAPC is expected to make its decision on the station’s DA approval by the end of the year.

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