Developers could fund new line

Butler MLA John Quigley.
Butler MLA John Quigley.

Butler MLA John Quigley raised the possibility of working with developers during his August 21 grievance motion.

‘A Department of Transport committee stated that the capacity is there to get forward funding from the developers who are out there because they will benefit by the increase in land values,’ he said.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government had been working with landowners in the northern coastal region since the late 1990s on the development of Yanchep.

‘The developers have ceded land needed for strategic transport routes, including that for the extension of Marmion Avenue to Yanchep, the route for the future railway and the future extension of the Mitchell Freeway, as well as land on the coast as an environmental offset,’ he said.

At a recent Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, Sue Dash asked Pearce MHR Christian Porter whether developers could pre-fund the train line to Yanchep.

Mr Porter said very few organisations could handle that sort of investment, but also discussed the growth of the area and infrastructure needs.

‘We have to constantly be looking for ways to do deals,’ he said.

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