The WA Labor Party held its shadow cabinet meeting at the City of Armadale last Monday. During the visit, Mr McGowan said he wanted the area to become a vibrant community hub with innovative housing options, workplaces and entertainment venues.
�An Armadale metro hub would be a major driver of new jobs where people will live, work and play,� he said.
�Armadale has so much potential and that has been highlighted by the City of Armadale�s work to develop its strategic regional centre.�
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the advancement of a metro hub in the regional centre had been at the forefront of the City�s planning.
He said transport and connectivity links, including the rail-line and Armadale Road, were also high priorities.
�Mr McGowan�s comments about creating jobs are welcomed. We particularly need the State to support decentralisation of jobs from the Perth CBD to other metropolitan centres,� he said.
Mr Zelones said the need to upgrade the Armadale Courthouse and police station were also raised.
�As a local government it is important that we keep up a dialogue with both sides of politics in the lead-up to the next State election. Armadale needs the support of future State governments if it is to continue to prosper and grow,� he said.
Armadale MLA Tony Buti said a metro hub would be an integral part of creating consistency and certainty for the City of Armadale.
�Armadale continues to grow, but we need to make sure we create more than just a suburb where people live,� he said.
�The City of Armadale has made it clear it requires more investment from the State Government to develop its strategic regional centre.�