Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion enjoying change of pace in opposition, has eye on number of issues over next year

Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion.
Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion.

PEDESTRIAN underpasses for Stirling Highway, plus keeping an eye on development in Subiaco and proposed changes to the City of Nedlands town planning scheme are Nedlands MLA Bill Marmion’s priorities for the next 12 months.

Mr Marmion said he had found his first year in opposition to be surprisingly enjoyable.

“I now have more time to personally address constituency concerns in my electorate,” he said.

“The most controversial issue was the new Labor government’s plan to move Perth Modern into the CBD; advising and supporting the various groups to achieve the outcome we all wanted was most satisfying.

“Of course we now wait to see how the new Subiaco state school next to Subiaco Oval will achieve the outcomes of reducing student over-crowding at Shenton College and Churchlands and at the same time not create more congestion on Roberts Road.”

Mr Marmion said he was extremely disappointed to see no cash grants for local community groups in the western suburbs.

“In Armadale for example, clubs, schools, aged care and men’s sheds are receiving some 20 funding grants totalling over $240,000,” he said.

“There are many schools and clubs run by volunteers in my electorate that would welcome such grants to assist their operations.”

Mr Marmion’s shadow ministry portfolios have recently changed from Health and Mental Health to Mines and Petroleum, Innovation and Disruptive Technologies, Defence Issues and Science, areas he said he is looking forward to getting back into.

“In terms of the next 12 months, I will be keeping a close watch on the master planning and design for the land around Subiaco Oval and Princess Margaret Hospital and the WA Planning Commission’s proposed changes to the City of Nedlands town planning scheme,” he said.

“This year I will be pushing for some pedestrian underpasses on Stirling Highway as part of any upgrades of this extremely busy road.”

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