Big bump in funding for bus services in City of Wanneroo

THE City of Wanneroo has doubled funding for bus shelter installations this financial year.

Nine bus stops, including four on Kingsway, will be included in the $55,000 annual bus installation program, while another four will be on Marmion Avenue as part of a bonus $55,000 allocation.

Councillor Hugh Nguyen said the Kingsway shelters would benefit students at three schools near his home in Darch.

“What I witness in winter is that a group of students huddle up in the rain,” he said.

“In summer I witness students standing in the scorching heat.”

At the September 8 council briefing, assets director Harminder Singh said developers of Alkimos Beach (Lendlease), Shorehaven (Peet) and Amberton (Stockland) were planning to install shelters on Marmion Avenue southbound.

As a result, the council decided not to include stops at those estates and Cr Linda Aitken said she hoped the developers would be “good corporate citizens” by installing the shelters.

Mr Singh said the City would retain $22,000 of the $55,000 in the Marmion Avenue project in case the developers did not do so, and until the Public Transport Authority released patronage data in March.

With each shelter costing up to $12,500, the report said stops were chosen to meet the PTA’s bus shelter grant scheme so it would cover half the cost.

It said the PTA should install most of the metal shelters by January, and because the number of eligible stops had increased by 35 to 154 last year the council could consider increasing funding to $70,000 next year.

The report said an objection from a resident near a stop on The Avenue in Girrawheen prompted the City to exclude that site from the list.

BUS SHELTERS

Kingsway (stop numbers 21905, 26096, 25976 and 26008)

Joondalup Drive (23467 and 22774)

Butler Boulevard (26999)

Marangaroo Drive (12449)

Mirrabooka Avenue (12535)

Marmion Avenue (22448, 25565, 26009 and 25564)