Despite the prospect of a reduction in spending on public infrastructure projects in the metropolitan area, the Member for South Perth, John McGrath MLA, remains confident that the Liberal Government will proceed with the construction of the South Perth train station.
The Treasurer, Hon Troy Buswell MLA, recently announced that the Government may have to cut spending on public projects in the metropolitan area as a result of falling tax revenue and the its commitment to the ‘Royalties for Regions’ program.
Mr McGrath stated that he has contacted the Treasurer to outline his support for the construction of the South Perth train station.
‘I recently wrote to the Treasurer and indicated not only my personal support for the South Perth train station, but that of the South Perth community’, Mr McGrath said.
‘The previous Labor Government neglected the South Perth community: despite promising to build the South Perth train station by 2010, it only allocated a total of $650,000 to the planning of the train station in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 State Budgets.’
However, Mr McGrath remained confident that the new Liberal Government would not neglect the South Perth train station. ‘I believe that the South Perth train station will not only benefit the South Perth community, but also the general public. It is for these reasons that I believe the Government will dedicate adequate resources to the project.’
‘A train station in South Perth will improve public access to notable sites such as the Zoo and the foreshore. Furthermore, in a time of high fuel prices, environmental concerns and increasing traffic congestion, a train station in South Perth will enable residents to access a cheaper and cleaner form or transport.’
‘Also, with the Red Bull Air Race to continue in Perth until at least 2012, a train station in Perth would both improve access to the event and potentially reduce the traffic congestion and problems associated with the event.’