Announces $11 Million Boost for Gosnells
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
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
"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
"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
"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
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
"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