THE name of the Forrestfield train station should be changed according to local residents who say it does not reflect its geographical location in High Wycombe.
Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons called on WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to allow residents to submit their choice of name for the first station on the Forrestfield-Airport Link.
“I did an online survey with the community of High Wycombe asking their views on the name of their station and received a universal response that the name should be changed to High Wycombe,” he said.
“More than 400 residents support changing the name of the station and I call on Ms Saffioti to listen to them and consult the community as was done for Belmont/Redcliffe Station.”
Last month Forrestfield MLA Stephen Price raised the matter as a grievance in State Parliament and said the new development around the Forrestfield train station warranted the creation of a new suburb.
“The High Wycombe residents I have met with have raised concerns with me about the name of the train station, and they are not the only ones,” he said.
“Local discontent with the station being called Forrestfield has been growing for some time now. Why? It is quite simple. If we look at the area where the station is located, we see it is right on the border of High Wycombe, but is nowhere near Forrestfield.
“The former government played some politics with this infrastructure, in more ways than one, by naming both the Belmont and Forrestfield stations based on the electorates it held at the time, not the suburbs they were located in.”
Mr Price said the development around the train station would attract enough population to warrant a new suburb being created.
“We should be looking for a name that can be both the new station name and, if we get a new suburb, the new suburb name,” he said.
“But let us ask the community what it thinks the station should be called and not limit it to a choice between Forrestfield and High Wycombe.”
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the community would be consulted in the new year on what they would like to call the station.
City of Kalamunda Mayor John Giardina said the City supported a naming competition or similar opportunity for the community to submit ideas for naming the station.