PEOPLE power has won out, with Redcliffe chosen as the name of the new train station on the Forrestfield-Airport Link.
The State Government asked the Public Transport Authority to initiate a survey in October in response to community debate over the station’s name.
The survey gave community members the chance to pick the former name, Belmont, or to name the first station on the line after its geographical location, Redcliffe.
After one month, 852 residents completed the online survey, with 691 (81 per cent) choosing Redcliffe Station.
Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe said the decision was a win for people in the eastern suburbs, who wanted to see the history of Redcliffe respected.
“The former government’s proposal to name the station Belmont surprised a lot of people, given the station is about 5km away from Belmont town centre,” she said.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said when she came into the ministerial role, she was told by many residents and parliamentary colleagues that they did not believe Belmont Station was an appropriate name for the train station.
“I thought it was important to see if this sentiment spread through the wider community, and I am pleased to say the strong results of this survey show the will of the people,” she said.
Construction of Redcliffe station is well underway, and will eventually form the centre of Metronet’s first transport-oriented development – a precinct of apartments, shops and entertainment where walking, cycling and public transport are made easy.