A Warm Welcome!
The Premier, Hon Colin Barnett recently visited our electorate of Southern River on my invitation. His visit gave me the opportunity to show him first hand the issues that I have been raising in Parliament.
The Premier saw for himself the enormous amount of growth in the area and the resulting pressure it places on local roads and infrastructure.
First stop was the proposed site for the Nicholson Road train station (next to the police station). I have not rested in my efforts to have a rail line running through Canning Vale, as was originally the plan before it was scuttled by the former Labor Government.
This rail infrastructure development is sorely needed – and we need it well before the proposed date of 2031 which was outlined in the public transport master plan. I was delighted that the Premier was in agreement. He reiterated that the focus of the government in its first term was on rebuilding the hospital system, and that in this term the focus will be on addressing road and transport infrastructure needs to cater for the growing Perth population.
I then escorted the Premier to the Barbagallo Baseball Park to further highlight the need for a train station. The stadium is a great local community asset, home to Australian Baseball champions the Perth Heat, but it has no convenient connection to public transport. Baseball Australia is currently lobbying both the State and Federal governments for funding for a major redevelopment. The stadium was built in its current location because the Southern Railway line was to go through Canning Vale.
On the final part of the Premier’s tour around the Southern River electorate I took the Premier to Ranford Road to highlight the need for a third lane between Bannister Road and Nicholson Road. The road reserve on this part of Ranford Road was designed to take three lanes. During peak hours the extra lane would become a bus lane to fast track commuters and encourage use of public transport.
The afternoon was capped off with the Premier being guest speaker at my Inaugural Youth Leadership Forum. Over 60 student leaders from our local primary and high schools had the opportunity to hear from the leader of our State on the characteristics of great leaders, and then the students had the opportunity to ask questions
You can read all about it here.
I was really encouraged by the range of questions the students asked, and felt they had clearly given a lot of thought to what they would like to ask the Premier.
Due to its popularity, I plan to make my Youth Leadership Forum an annual event and look forward to welcoming the Year 6 Primary and Year 12 High School student leaders in 2015.