Cockburn cash splash

The Premier visited Cockburn last Friday to announce the State Government would allocate $10 million to the community aquatic and sports complex at Cockburn Central West.

That is on top of $19.8 million for the proposed police station at Cockburn Central and $50 million for a promised train station at Aubin Grove.

‘(Cockburn) is very much becoming a major centre in the south west corridor of Perth,’ he said.

Cockburn MLA Fran Logan said he was pleased to see funding for the recreation centre, but wondered why the donation was made considering the State Government had put forward a proposal to split the council up via local government reform.

Funding for the train station at Aubin Grove has been needed for some. A nudge under $10 million dollars will be allocated to the project in 2014/15, with $40 million to come over the proceeding two years.

It is expected to be completed by December 2016.

‘With 2000 car bays it should take a lot of pressure off Cockburn Central,’ Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said.

Close to $20 million will be allocated over three years to building the Cockburn Central police station. According to State budget papers, $2.4 million will be allocated to the project in the upcoming financial year, with $17.4 million available in forward estimates.

Mr Howlett said it would give WA police a central location to coordinate different operations.

Protestors against the Roe Highway extension linking Kwinana Freeway in Jandakot with Stock Road in Coolbellup were last week happy to see no funding allocated to the project.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said she would remain wary with recent reports suggesting the Federal Government could chip in considerable funds to get the $600 million project up and going.

‘The Federal Government may still throw money at the project,’ she said.

‘We do not want Mr Abbott to fund a four-lane motorway from Jandakot to Coolbellup and then reap it back via WA’s first road toll.’

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey was optimistic this week’s Federal budget would include money for the extension.

‘After many years, I am excited at the prospect of an announcement from Federal Government that will finally ensure the construction of the Roe Highway extension,’ he said.