East Metro MLC Donna Faragher concerned by funding shortfall for relocation of Midland Train Station

East Metro MLC Donna Faragher concerned by funding shortfall for relocation of Midland Train Station

CONCERNS over a massive funding shortfall to relocate the Midland Train Station have been raised in State Parliament by Liberal East Metropolitan Region MLC Donna Faragher.

Mrs Faragher said there was no clear timeline on when or if the project would commence.

“During 2017-18 Budget Estimates, I specifically requested advice from the State Government on both the construction timetable and funding commitment towards the relocation of the Midland station,” she said.

“The response was that only $2 million of a $28.2 million budget allocation had been set aside for planning for the relocation of Midland station, the remaining funds going to the purchase of land at Bellevue.

“The Government also said that this project has not been properly funded yet, there is no capital cost in the forward estimates and they were unable to tell me when construction was going to commence.

“This is in stark contrast to the clear election commitment by the then Labor Opposition which stated that $79 million would be provided and that construction would commence in the first term of a Labor Government.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the previous Liberal state government had failed to allocate any funding towards the project.

“Given the Liberal Government were in power for eight and a half years and didn’t get this far, I’m surprised the Liberal Member for East Metropolitan Region would raise this,” she said.

“Mrs Faragher was a senior member of the former government, yet she still failed to allocate one cent towards this project despite having years to do so.

“As a result, we are starting from scratch on this project because no work had been undertaken to progress the Midland station relocation under the previous government.”

This week a tender was released for specialist consultants to get involved in the concept planning stages of the project.

Ms Saffioti said preliminary concept planning would need to be completed to develop a business case and master plan.

“This project has been on the drawing board for many years but we are committed to making it a reality and this tender is the first step,” she said.

“Once the concept planning and business cases are ready, we will work towards a funding arrangement with the Federal Government.

“I urge Mrs Faragher to join the State Government in calling on the Federal Government to provide WA with a fair share of infrastructure funding.

“This project will mean residents from the Swan region to the Hills and beyond will have improved access to the CBD, new stadium and more.”