Justice precinct loses out

Justice precinct loses out

The justice precinct would mean a new police station and new courthouse would be co-located in another part of Armadale’s CBD under a land-swap between the City of Armadale and the government.

A justice precinct would also allow the city to build new administration buildings.

Last Thursday, Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said Armadale’s courthouse was the only one in the metropolitan area not to be replaced in the past decade.

‘We are disappointed that there has not been any acknowledgement by either party in regard to the courthouse or police station in the lead-up to the State election,’ Cr Zelones said.

‘We are one of the fastest growing areas in the country and require state and federal funding to meet the expectation of our growing community.’

The council is spending $20,000 of ratepayers’ money to promote the needs of the community in this year’s State and federal elections.

Many south-eastern electorates lack funding for local projects as the major parties take a metro-wide focus, with various election promises including major transport commitments, school redevelopments, waterways and police.

Several local electorates, including Gosnells and Southern River, would benefit from a Thornlie line extension that Labor would construct in 2016-17 as part of its Metronet plan.

The Liberal commitment to put more than $10 million into Police & Community Youth Centres, with police based on site in high crime areas ” such as Gosnells and Armadale ” attempts to address social problems in the south-east.

Labor’s Andrew Waddell holds the area’s most marginal seat, Forrestfield (which includes Maddington and Kenwick) by a 0.2 per cent, or 96-vote, margin.

Labor’s Tony Buti holds the safest State seat, Armadale, by a 14.8 per cent margin.