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Connecting South Perth

The giant numbat as part of the City of South Perth’s Connect South project.

Work finished on the South Perth foreshore near Mends Street late in the year as the city’s Connect South project began to blossom.

Ferry travellers and other visitors walk beneath a giant numbat to access Mends Street and further to Perth Zoo.

Funds for River Walls in South Perth

Yesterday I visited the Mends Street foreshore with Environment Minister Albert Jacob to announce a State Budget allocation of $500,000 to the City of South Perth towards the cost of repairing damaged river walls.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob, Riverbank manager Markus Nordstrom and John McGrath MLA
Environment Minister Albert Jacob, Riverbank manager Markus Nordstrom and John McGrath MLA

This takes the government’s contribution to $1 million as part of a 2013 election commitment to provide $1.35 million for the project.

This is great news not only for the people of South Perth but for the thousands who use the foreshore on a regular basis. It addresses a serious safety issue created by the damaged walls and, when completed, will compliment the work being done across the river at Elizabeth Quay.

I commend Minister Jacob for making sure that the project was not ignored. I am hopeful that the remaining $350,000 will become available in the 2015-16 budget.

In the meantime the City of South Perth, which has set aside $2 million for the foreshore improvements, will be able to get on with the job of replacing the 50-year-old river walls in time for Australia Day next year.

John campaigns for extended ferry service hours

John McGrath has called on the Minister for Transport to extend the current Mends Street ferry service during the summer months.

TransPerth figures show that the Mends Street ferry service is growing in popularity with tourists and commuters.

“Extending the service hours in the summer months would not only benefit those tourists wanting to enjoy the cafes and bars of Mends Street at night but would also enable South Perth residents to go to the city at night for shopping or a visit to entertainment precincts”, said John.

John has asked the Minister to have a trial this summer, starting on December 1. He responded positively but would like evidence that commuters would use the late-night service.

At present, the last ferry leaves Perth at 7.24 pm in winter, and 9.15 pm in summer. Some people are saying that, particularly in the summer, that is too early, and even in the winter it means an early finish for people.

John advocates that “traffic congestion is going to be a huge challenge for Government as our population explodes. We need to get more people off the roads and into other forms of transport. The Swan River provides a huge opportunity for services between the city and Burswood, Claisebrook and even Canning Bridge.”

John urges commuters to get in touch with the office on 9368 6270 or john.mcgrath@mp.wa.gov.au to voice their opinion on whether they believe extending the ferry service hours would prove beneficial.