State Election 2017: Funding for wetlands tops wishlist

Carter's wetlands.
Carter's wetlands.

FUNDING to protect wetlands tops the City of Bayswater’s and Town of Bassendean’s funding wishlist for the State Election.

The City of Bayswater has picked its top four projects to be funded by the State Government going into March’s election, including $1.5 million to purchase Carter’s wetlands, upgrading of the Bayswater train station, a Morley town centre railway and transfer of the Les Hansman Community Centre carpark.

Mayor Barry McKenna said an inner-city subway and tunnel from Perth to Morley had been flagged by the State Government as part of its plans for rail transport in the future.

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“The City is right behind a rail link to Morley, the strategic heart of our City,” he said.

Cr McKenna said the transfer of Crown land at Les Hansman Community Centre carpark would allow the City to redevelop the facility.

He said a commitment of $1.5 million would add to Council’s $1.5 million budget and secure protection of the Carter’s wetlands.

The Town of Bassendean said it hoped to secure funding to improve environmental management of the upper reaches of the Swan River.

Mayor John Gangell said it was a priority to obtain investment to address the Town’s environmental needs. Cr Gangell said the Town’s wishlist also included funding for regeneration of Ashfield Flats and Bindaring Wetland.

The Town also hoped to obtain a commitment to funding contributions for new civic buildings, re-establish the Bassendean Volunteer Fire Brigade and upgrade access to Guildford Road from Ashfield.