Labor’s Ellenbrook transport forum prompts ‘healthy discussion’ on local issues

Labor candidate for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw addresses locals at Sunday’s community transport forum.
Labor candidate for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw addresses locals at Sunday’s community transport forum.

MORE than 40 locals attended a community public transport forum in Ellenbrook hosted by Labor’s candidate for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw on Sunday.

The forum was part of a second round of community consultations to hear from local residents about what they want from Labor’s Metronet policy, following earlier consultations in April.

The meeting expanded on the topics discussed at the April forum, including east-west bus services to Joondalup and links to other modes of transport; the format for local bus services between Ellenbrook, Aveley, The Vines, Belhus and Upper Swan; and the location, facilities and surrounding development of the train station site.

Ellenbrook resident Rob Watson said some good points were raised.

“Today was a good healthy discussion, it really was,” he said.

“Hearing what people had to say, seeing how it was going to affect the community and what it’s going to mean for my kids as they start to grow up in the area.

“We can start trying to plan as parents whether we want to stay in the area, (and if we so) how we can actually make their lives a lot better within the community.”

Ms Shaw, who was unveiled as Labor’s candidate in February, said it was a great success.

“We had a strong turn out from the community because public transport is an issue so many people in Ellenbrook care about,” she said.

“It affects so many people’s lives; just getting to work each day or trying to see a doctor in Midland or Joondalup is so difficult with limited public transport and congested roads.”