MLA warns of ‘broken promises’

Cockburn MLA Fran Logan with local residents. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d401384
Cockburn MLA Fran Logan with local residents. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d401384

He feared Cockburn would be left behind if promised projects were not realised, describing the police hub and North Lake flyover bridge at Cockburn Central, and the Aubin Grove train station as integral for a City that now boasts more than 100,000 people.

‘I have concerns because in the pre-Budget announcement it was made clear there would be cut-backs in a whole series of infrastructure, so does that mean these projects will be broken promises?’ he asked.

‘The cost of the three projects looks to be in excess of $300 million for an area of five square kilometres, so I’d suspect there will be Cockburn promises which will be deferred and which will not go ahead at all.’

Mr Logan said a police station was critically important since the area is only serviced by Spearwood Police Station and Murdoch Police Station, while the flyover bridge would allow access to the new station and an alternative route for commuters.

A delay in the construction of the train station would increase problems around Cockburn Central, as the growing population tries to access an area that will soon contain more shops and a new recreation facility at Central West, he said.

Asked about the train station, Transport Minister Troy Buswell said: ‘Given the current financial situation, together with a number of other high priority road projects across the State competing for funds, it is not possible to provide any certainty of timing of a new bridge.

‘The Government has committed $80 million for the purchase of land, the construction of a major new transit station with parking for up to 2000 cars and purchase of rolling stock at Aubin Grove.’

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the Cockburn Central Police Station was a priority for the area and surrounding suburbs.

‘Land has been acquired, architects have been appointed and the project is progressing,’ she said.

‘The printed Budget estimates for the scope of works for the Cockburn Central Police Station is $20.49 million.’

Jandakot MLA Joe Francis said he was fighting for all projects to be delivered promptly.