Poll pledges rolled out

Main picture: Norwood Park Neighbourhood Association secretary Mark Lakewood (foreground) with Perth MLA John Hyde and local residents, from left, Camille Fegan, Deb Carajas with her daughter Jemima (14 months), Robyn Bell and Sam Maisey in the Norwood Park playground. d396359
Main picture: Norwood Park Neighbourhood Association secretary Mark Lakewood (foreground) with Perth MLA John Hyde and local residents, from left, Camille Fegan, Deb Carajas with her daughter Jemima (14 months), Robyn Bell and Sam Maisey in the Norwood Park playground. d396359

The Greens have revealed a plan to improve the safety, extension and use of the Perth Bike Network ” including addressing a ‘poorly served’ CBD ” with $80.89 million a year sourced from all three levels of government.

Plans for the school include an extended undercover space for assemblies and resurfaced recreational areas, with the centre to operate a micro cinema and trial a community garden.

Education Minister Peter Collier said Mt Hawthorn Primary School had outgrown its existing assembly area and did not have a space big enough to gather all students together.

‘By extending the undercover area rather than building new halls, the school can maximise its outdoor space and leave children enough room to play outside,’ he said.

Liberal candidate for Perth Eleni Evangel said the works would also include resurfacing of old bitumen areas, including the car park, two basketball and four tennis courts.

Perth MLA John Hyde said with congestion, development and infill happening in local areas, community facilities should be a real priority for a State Government.

‘Housing developments are intensifying locally even more these days, so we also need to ensure that heritage buildings like Cheriton House can meet the community’s real needs,’ he said.

In January, the Guardian Express reported that the City of Vincent council had approved the Norwood Neighbourhood Association’s plans for the site.

‘We want the council and the working group to have extra funding to get these projects started without the council having to source all the funding from ratepayers,’ Mr Hyde said.

Greens candidate for Perth Jonathon Hallett said the costed bike path package would deliver around 6600km of safe, separated bike lanes and paths covering 50 per cent of Perth by the year 2029.

He said investment in cycling infrastructure did not just serve those who cycle, but also the whole community by reducing congestion on roads and overcrowding on public transport, among other benefits.