MORRISON GOVERNMENT DELIVERS FOR LAKELANDS
An extra $25 million committed today by the Morrison Government will help make a train station at Lakelands a reality for locals.
This brings the Morrison Government total commitment to this project to $37 million, including business case funding.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the funding built on other recent commitments for the people of Canning, including $16 million for commuter car parking at Mandurah Station, $10 million for Thomas Road and Nicholson Road in Oakford and $404 million for the Tonkin Highway Stage 3 project.
“It is all about busting congestion on our roads, and getting people home sooner and safer,” Mr Tudge said.
“We want people to be spending less time in traffic and be doing what’s important to them – spending time with family and friends.”
Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said “The clear message I’ve received from the people of Lakelands over the last three years is to get this station built. I’ve fought in Canberra to make that happen and the federal government has been with our community every step of the way.
“Today’s announcement brings the Morrison Government’s commitment to the Lakelands Train Station to $37 million. Meanwhile, WA Labor is ignoring our community and calling Lakelands a station that ‘no one needs’.
“The choice at this election is clear – only a Morrison Liberal Government is committed to building a train station in Lakelands.
“Our funding is in place - all we need is the WA government to get on board and commit the final funding to this critically needed project.”
The Morrison Government’s strong record of infrastructure investment in WA is ensuring that West Australians are getting home sooner and safer, and spending less time stuck in traffic and more time at home with their families doing the things that matter.
The projects build on an additional $1.6 billion of our Liberal Nationals Government's investment into critical road and rail infrastructure across Perth and regional Western Australia in the recent budget.
More than $13.6 billion has been invested by the Liberal-National Government in West Australian road and rail infrastructure since coming into Government in September 2013, including $4.8 billion over the past two Budgets.
The Morrison Government will be getting the people of Mandurah home sooner and safer with an additional $10 million to build the Lakelands train station.
Mr. Hastie has championed the construction of a train station in Lakelands since the promise of one was first brought to his attention by residents in 2016. It will be the second station in the City of Mandurah and fill a 23km gap in the Mandurah rail line.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the important thing was that people would be spending less time on the road and more time with their loved ones.
“That is why we are investing in public transport infrastructure and that will make a real difference to people living in fast-growing suburbs,” the Prime Minister said.
”This will help families and businesses get back valuable time.”
Mr Hastie said the $10 million toward Lakelands train station came in addition to the $2 million delivered last year by the Liberals for the station’s business case. It will be used in the early works of the station’s construction.
“Lakelands residents first raised the prospect of building a train station with me while I was door knocking the neighborhood in 2016. They explained that the promise of a train station had been included in the suburb’s development proposal. Many bought their first home or chose to retire in Lakelands because of that promise, some as long ago as 2006.”
“A train station in Lakelands means that residents from the north of Mandurah won’t have to travel south by car before catching a train north to the city. That will mean fewer cars clogging up our roads and less pressure on the Mandurah train station car park.”
“It will also mean easier access to more jobs and services for the people of Lakelands.”
“We are committing $10 million today because this project needs leadership. WA Labor have ignored the people of Lakelands and refused to commit to the station. The Morrison Government is putting money on the table to get things started.
“This train station is a priority for the Morrison Government because it is a priority for the people of Lakelands.”
Mandurah and the Peel region are in serious need of more public infrastructure. Development has not kept up with population growth. That fact is no better illustrated than in the suburb of Lakelands.
Lakelands is in north Mandurah. At the 2006 census its population was 434. By 2016, that number had exploded by more than 10 times to 4830. If you include the immediate surrounding suburbs the number rises to 17,298.
The only train station in Mandurah was completed ten years ago. The station has transformed our City. It has opened access to the Perth jobs market and injected new life into the Mandurah economy.
The train line’s completion was a watershed moment in the history of Mandurah, but there is more work to be done. Building a new train station in Lakelands will increase economic and social opportunities for the people of north Mandurah. Importantly, there will be fewer cars on the road.
The people of Mandurah recognise this. At the end of 2017 I conducted a poll of more than 1600 people who live in the north of Mandurah. Of the respondents, over 90% want a train station build in Lakelands.
I call on my colleagues in the Labor state government to work with us on this essential project. I was gratified to read in the Sunday Times that the Labor state government is listening to me on the development of the Byford train line and the Tonkin Highway extension. Mandurah is important too. I will not let the Labor state government take the people of northern Mandurah for granted.
Member for Canning Andrew Hastie has continued to fight for a train station in Lakelands, saying that the State Government needs to come alongside the community, local council and federal government to deliver the long overdue infrastructure.
On Monday Mr Hastie was joined by Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor in Mandurah. Together they met with local council representatives and developers to discuss the funding options with the Commonwealth Government.
“Lakelands has seen huge growth in the past decade, with the suburb tripling in population. A train station has always been part of the plans and I’ve spoken to people who bought into the suburb on the understanding that one would be built there,” Mr Hastie said.
“It’s a decade on and still nothing has happened.Read more