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MacTiernan Announces $11 Million Boost for Gosnells 
(From Ministerial Statements 14 September 2001)

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today confirmed a contribution of more than $11 million for transport infrastructure as part of the revitalisation of the City of Gosnells.

At a project launch organised by the City of Gosnells today, the Minister outlined that the funds would be split with $5 million for road improvements and more than $6 million for construction of a new, relocated train station on the Perth-Armadale rail line.

"These funds have been allocated over the next five years and will contribute to the significant redevelopment being implemented by council to redefine Gosnells as a great place to live and work," Ms MacTiernan said.

The member for Southern River, Paul Andrews MLA, said the project would allow the City of Gosnells to realise its potential.

"Gosnells was ignored by the previous government for eight years," Mr Andrews said.

"In the first six months of the Labor Government, there is already a growing sense of prosperity in the town and certainly more business confidence.

"In a short space of time, Gosnells has gone from a wasteland to a more prosperous area which can finally will fulfil its potential. This means better facilities, less crime and more jobs for kids."

Ms MacTiernan said the Gosnells Revitalisation Project was a great strategic vision that would be complemented by the State Government's contribution to local road and rail infrastructure.

"Road initiatives will include developing and implementing an upgrade of Albany Highway through the town centre to enhance safety and amenity to the retail and commercial precincts," she said.

"Proposed improvements include upgrading intersections and vehicle turning facilities on the highway to promote easier access.

"The Gosnells train station will also be transformed into a high quality, modern public transport facility to attract greater patronage."

The station upgrade forms part of Labor's Building Better Train Stations program, for which $23 million has been allocated over the Government's first term to upgrade rail stations throughout the Perth network.

"This program forms part of this Government's integrated transport infrastructure election promise," Ms MacTiernan said.

WA Government Railways will soon be undertaking a risk assessment analysis with regard to the incorporation of a new level crossing at Stalker Road as part of the overall development plan.

"Construction work on the Gosnells train station is scheduled to be completed during the 2003-04 financial year," Ms MacTiernan said.

"The timing of the project will coincide with the introduction of the new smart card technology that will restrict entry to the platform area providing a more safe and secure environment for train passengers.

"Design of the new station will involve extensive involvement with the City of Gosnells and the local community to ensure the station has its own distinctive design, which integrates with the existing neighbourhood."

Media contact: Keri Welham on 9213 6400

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