Budget brings wins and losses

While there was little in the way of surprise inclusions or omissions, funding was confirmed for the Aubin Grove train station and the police station at Cockburn Central, as was money for the amalgamation of two local schools.

More than $23 million will be used this year on the $57 million train station at Russell Road. A further $23 million is in forward estimates over for the following two years, to go with the $10 million already spent.

The station is part of a $105 million package that also includes local road works and extra rail cars and is expected to be finished in early 2017.

The State Government will spend $11 million over the next 12 months on the new police station at Cockburn Central.

�The City has been working with WA Police and now expects the final development approval to go to the next JDAP meeting,� Mr Cain said.

�The Budget confirmed that there will be no more delays to delivering this critical infrastructure.�

Mr Logan said the station was meant to be open two years ago.

�Here we are in 2015 and they�re re-announcing it,� he said.

Completion is expected at the end of next year.

More than $10 million has been locked away for the merger between Hamilton Senior High and South Fremantle Senior High schools to form Fremantle College.

The redevelopment of South Fremantle to accommodate the extra students will cost $30 million and will open in 2018.

There was no funding for the high school proposed for Hammond Park this year, but $35 million is in the forward estimates. The big omission for the City again was funding for the North Lake flyover bridge, but Mr Cain said negotiations were ongoing.

�This project will require contributory funding from the Commonwealth and the cities of Armadale and Cockburn,� he said.

Mr Logan said much of the funding was �re-announcements� and was critical of the funding snub for the flyover bridge and funding for the Perth Freight Link.

�People in the freight link�s path are distraught,� he said.