Bellevue push for train station

Arthur Storm, Edward Pietruchea, Cr Joe Marino and others at the meeting.
Arthur Storm, Edward Pietruchea, Cr Joe Marino and others at the meeting.

Vice president of the Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association, Arthur Storm, said it was one of the biggest reforms to come of out of the Bellevue East Land Use study (BELUS) and the group wanted to praise the City of Swan for its initiative.

Mr Storm said after the toxic waste dump caught fire, many Bellevue residents decided they would rather live in a better cared-for suburb.

He said the chemical fire in February 2001 showed that years of inappropriate industrial planning decisions had put residents’ health at risk.

The study was in response to concerns associated with the encroachment and expansion of proposed industrial and commercial developments.

The area is predominately a residential neighbourhood.

The study area was in the boundaries of Great Eastern Highway to the north, Roe Highway to the west, the City’s municipal boundary to the south, and Ruby Street to the east.

It contains industrial, residential and rural land, and is divided into eight precincts.

He said at the meeting last Tuesday, there was a unanimous show of hands of support for the document and the proposals.

Each precinct has a series of short and long-term recommendations to affect land use change.

Cr Joe Marino, who attended the meeting, said council would endorse the report and implement those suggestions that were required through the budget processes.

The broader master plan included landscaping, rezoning and extra lighting to be paid for with money from the sale of Goodchild Oval.

Cr Marino said the group would need to pressure the State Government for the upgrade to the train line, which would include a stop for Bellevue.

‘That would be capital works for which the State Government needs to find the funding,’ Cr Marino said.

Mr Storm said the idea for the train station was not expensive.

‘They do not have to reclaim any land, it is already owned by the Railways,’ he said.

‘And buses from Ellenbrook, Forrestfield and Stratton could use it as a depot.’