Airport rail link is top priority

Phil Marks.
Phil Marks.

He says the timing of the airport rail link’s delivery is crucial and it tops his wish list in the lead up to the State Budget.

‘The Airport Rail Link is the next major piece of infrastructure that will not only improve transport connectivity to and from Perth Airport, it will further provide development opportunities for the City of Belmont,’ Cr Marks said.

‘The timing for this project is critical the city believes it would be highly economical to develop this in conjunction with the Perth Airport’s third runway.’

Before the State election, the Liberal Party promised a Perth Airport Rail Link by 2018 but its the mid-year review the timeframe for the link, now known as the Forrestfield Airport Link, blew out to 2020.

Last year $5 million was committed to start planning the FAL, which is estimated cost at total of $2 billion.

Perth Airport chief executive Brad Geatches said the completion of the rail link would not affect the timing for the new runway.

Funding for state housing and better management of neglected properties came second on Cr Marks’ wish list and last week he challenged the State Government for a funding commitment on this.

‘The City has been successful in redeveloping properties in Redcliffe and there are numerous opportunities to rationalise properties in Belmont, Cloverdale and Rivervale,’ Cr Marks said.

Fears the City of Belmont could lose its iconic foreshore due to continuous erosion prompted Cr Marks to also call for the $6 million needed for stabilisation works.

EAST Metropolitan MLC Samantha Rowe:

Mrs Rowe called on the State Government to achieve its original delivery date for the airport link.

She wants public education funding restored after $1239, 000 removed from the Belmont electorate and the full $13.5 million funding commitment for CCTV upgrades to be applied.

The Safety and Security Rebate program should also be extended to all eligible senior and not just those who received the rebate in the past, she said.

* Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey declined to comment on budget matters ahead of its tabling on May 8.