FEDERAL Perth Liberal candidate Jeremy Quinn says the sinking of the Bayswater Train Station is “on the table” if he is elected – but would not confirm whether he would push for it to be federally funded.
Mr Quinn, Federal Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor and WA Senator Dean Smith met with members of Future Bayswater and Baysie Rollers this week to discuss the need for upgrades to the station and plans to sink the station.
Mr Taylor said there were not many “urban renewal opportunities” as good as Bayswater station.
“You’ve got a station, you’re near the city and not much has happened in this area for some time,” he said.
Mr Quinn said the train station had been neglected for some time and the sinking of the station would “be on the table”.
“A lot of traffic comes through here, it’s the first stop after the airport link, I’d be an extremely strong advocate for seeing an upgrade,” he said.
“We would be working with the State Government to see what funds are available and how we could work together to see an upgrade of the station.”
Perth Labor candidate Tim Hammond previously told the Eastern Reporter that to upgrade and sink the station, cooperation with all three levels of government was needed.
“I agree you have to work with the various levels of government… but our policy in terms of cities is to look at developing local hubs,” Mr Quinn said.
He said it was important that City of Bayswater’s structure plan – which was currently being put together – was finished, detailed and informative.
Future Bayswater members Paul Shanahan said he was pleased Bayswater station was receiving political attention.
“We want to see the potential in this town site harnessed… some of us have been waiting for decades for this to happen,” he said.
“We’re really supportive of the structure plan and getting it right.”