PEOPLE power has opened up the naming of Belmont train station to the public.
Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe put forth a grievance statement in Parliament this morning, prompting the Government to launch a survey about whether Belmont Station should be renamed Redcliffe.
The grievance was directed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti on behalf of Redcliffe and surrounding area residents, with Ms Rowe requesting a process to seek local opinion on the station name.
Ms Rowe said when she was doorknocking in the area, many locals were disappointed the station was to be named Belmont despite being 5km away from the suburb, and felt the local history of Redcliffe was being overlooked.
“Everywhere I was going around Redcliffe, with events, forums and doorknocking, the station name was brought up by every single person I spoke to,” she said.
“It became apparent very early on it was a big concern.
“The last government didn’t do due diligence in terms of consulting the community.
“It’s a critical ingredient in a democratic society that people should actually have the opportunity to have a say.”
Belmont councillors voted unanimously in July to support changing the station name to Redcliffe.
“Since becoming Minister I have been made aware that many members of the community are concerned that the former government gave the station a name that didn’t reflect its geographical location,” Ms Saffioti said.
“We are listening to the community and giving them a chance to tell us what they prefer to name their station.”
With new the new rail line expected to add an extra 20,000 daily trips to the rail network by 2021, the station in question is set to be a high-density precinct with multi-storey apartments, businesses and community spaces.
Voting on the station name opens today and closes on November 19.
Respondents can only enter once.
The survey can be accessed at forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au.