Saffioti says get in quick for the best from Metronet

486773pA  (l-r) Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti discuss Metronet with Arup Engineering’s Kate West at the breakfast this morning.  Picture: Jon Bassett.
486773pA (l-r) Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti discuss Metronet with Arup Engineering’s Kate West at the breakfast this morning. Picture: Jon Bassett.

A new Bayswater train station is proof that communities get more in relation to Metronet projects when the public and councils (including the western suburbs) take part in planning, according to the State Transport Minister.

“When we went out to public consultation on that station I would have bet my house a traditional look would have been suggested, but instead they chose a modern design,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti told a Committee for Economic Development of Australia-organised meeting of councils and construction industry in Perth this morning.

The consultation attracted 927 comments.

A City of Bayswater advisory group is working with Metronet designers on a potentially relocated station costing at least $86 million for six-carriage trains at Bayswater Bridge.

Any new station will connect to the Forrestfield-Airport Link and proposed Morley-Ellenbrook line, with work starting in 2019.

In the western suburbs, Ms Saffioti said the Subiaco East Project at the former Subiaco Oval showed councils and residents how a Metronet development could reduce the need for more new homes on older and heritage streets.

“We are going to create a whole new housing precinct, working with the City of Subiaco to get some really good density in that area, and maybe take the pressure off some of that in the rest of the suburb,” Ms Saffioti said.

However, fear about density has often been a hurdle for many western suburbs’ projects, including an impasse at Cottesloe Council when architect Garry Baverstock proposed 13 apartments for seniors opposite Swanbourne train station two years ago.

Ms Saffioti said too much of the density debate across Perth had been about specific sites and “ad-hoc builds” when planning should be for transport-centred communities. She said the State Government was looking at more aged care for Metronet projects but did not disclose if the pending sale of the WA Institute for Deaf Education in Cottesloe would be among those proposals.