After years in wilderness Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire relishing chance to get things done

Chris Tallentire.
Chris Tallentire.

AFTER years in opposition, Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire says he is enjoying Labor being in control of the State Government.

Mr Tallentire was the Member for Gosnells from 2008 until last year, when the electorate was abolished.

Until Labor’s victory, he had spent his entire time in parliament as a member of the opposition.

Mr Tallentire said last year’s election win meant he had been able to successfully lobby for a much-needed upgrade to the roundabout at the Nicholson Road, Yale Road and Garden Street junction.

“We’re waiting for the construction work on the bridge-over-rail (on Nicholson Road) to finish and then we’ll see where the flows go, but already there have been some significant changes to the design floated,” he said.

“There’s still work to be done, but there’s money going into it and we’ve got this reserve of $500,000 in the budget to do the important works.”

Mr Tallentire said the Lissiman Street Improvement Plan, focused on development in the heart of Gosnells, was a high priority for him, although he admitted he would like to see it progress at a quicker rate.

“We’re hoping the private land owner on the northern side of main street holds true to his word and develops, there’s a condition on his development approval he must have that underway in a short space of time,” he said.

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