Mandurah: Governments could partner in a $32 million multi level carpark at train station

Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese (second left) with Murray Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Canning Labor candidate Mellisa Teede and Mandurah MLA David Templeman at the station car park.
Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese (second left) with Murray Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Canning Labor candidate Mellisa Teede and Mandurah MLA David Templeman at the station car park.

FEDERAL and State Labor Governments could partner to built a $32 million, multi-level car park at Mandurah Train Station.

But Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said they were just throwing more money at a problem they could have fixed years ago.

Federal Labor’s $16 million contribution would be drawn from its $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs.Every week day, Mandurah’s station’s 1200 bays are full by 7.30am and commuters forced to park in surrounding streets and walk to the station, or they drive to work.

The 1000-bay multi-level car park would be built on a portion of the existing car park as part of the METRONET public transport project. Subject to final planning, it could increase parking capacity to as many as 2200 bays.

In Mandurah today, Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said it would make life easier for commuters who park and ride and also open up opportunities for more motorists to use public transport. He said traffic congestion was acting as a hand brake on productivity and eroding Australians’ quality of life.

Investing in Park and Ride facilities would make a real, practical difference for commuters while also reducing congestion for local residents. “We’ll not only invest in new public transport services, but also deliver practical measures to help commuters get to work with a minimum of fuss, including through our new Park and Ride Fund,’’ he said.

“Public transport isn’t just about the train line or bus route itself, it’s also about the surrounding infrastructure that makes it work.’’ Canning Labor candidate Mellisa Teede said people were having to get to the station earlier and earlier to find a parking bay.

“And when they arrive to find that all the parks are taken up, they drive, creating more congestion or they park on side streets and risk fines.

“People in Mandurah deserve a fair go, not longer commutes and parking fines,’’ she said.

Liberal Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said Labor’s Mandurah MLA David Templeman announced $16 million for a bigger car park at the 2017 State election but for two years nothing had happened,

“At no point in the last two years has WA Labor raised the project as a priority with the Federal Government and they have made no request for funding,” Mr Hastie said.

“David Templeman is good at singing and not delivering.

“If Labor can’t build a car park for $16 million how can they be trusted to build one for $32 million?

“A better train station is a good thing but there are many other needs in our community like the hospital.

“Why isn’t Labor serious about the health campus?

“Why are they kicking the can down the road on the Lakelands train station?”

Mr Hastie said Labor did not have a plan for Mandurah or the Peel Region.