THE Federal Labor party will spend $1 million on a City of Bayswater structure plan to look at sinking the plagued train station and redeveloping the town centre.
In its only major election promise to Bayswater to date, Federal Labor have promised to add to the existing $120,000 plan to look at extending tunnelling to be carried out as part of the Forrestfield Airport Link.
The City of Bayswater awarded a tender for the structure plan to company TPG last month.
The tender appointment was previously deferred as some community members were concerned about the scope, but the State Department of Planning has since endorsed it.
Federal Perth Labor candidate Tim Hammond said major tunnelling works near Bayswater station for the Forrestfield Airport Link presented a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for redevelopment in Bayswater.
“There are going to be limitations on what $120,000 can get you in the context of a structure plan,” he said.
“We will provide a $1 million funding injection for a detailed structure plan and vision for the future of Bayswater – bringing in the experts to establish how best to remove the subway choke-point, reconnect the two sides of Bayswater and create a vibrant local village.”
Mr Hammond said the plan would look at the cost of the sinking, what it would look like and potential cost benefits.
“We’ll be calling for it to happen immediately, because of the timing of the tunnelling, we need to get this worked out now. We need to respond to the community concern right now,” he said.
Shadow Minster for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese said the Bayswater project “ticked every box”.
“It’s an exciting project, just like with the Perth City Link, we saw the sinking of the station in order to unite the CBD, I think the same principle applies to Bayswater,” he said.
Mr Albanese said a Labor government would consider funding the sinking of Bayswater station, but wanted planning work completed first.
Bayswater City Mayor Barry McKenna said the “welcome” announcement would increase the amount of consultation carried out for the structure plan.
“Having more money will look at assistance in value capture and being able to put all this in place – it will set this City up for another 30, 40 or 50 years,” he said.
“We’re now getting true traction saying ‘this rail station could be underground’… it would solve a major issue we have here in our city.”
The City was also in the process of putting together a list of priorities for smaller works for the station to present to the State Transport Minister with funds left over from the Forrestfield Airport Link.