Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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Bus shelter working group one step forward

Tuesday 05 Jun 2012

Ms Freeman said a gridlock between the Public Transport Authority (PTA) and the Local Government Authority (LGA) over who is responsible for the infrastructure means no bus shelters had been built in the Mirrabooka area for nearly four years.


“WALGA has announced they will establish a working group to determine who is responsible for bus stop infrastructure funding and maintenance,” Ms Freeman said.


“Now this decision has been made it is only fair the City of Stirling rescind their decision from 2008 to cease the installation of bus shelters and hardstand facilities.


“I have written to the City of Stirling asking that they overturn this decision.”


Ms Freeman said currently the PTA is responsible for the bus stop pole, the level concrete area while local governments are responsible for discretionary infrastructure such as bus shelters, seating and bins.


“A survey by WALGA found 54 per cent of local governments want to negotiate with the PTA to establish a formal partnership agreement,” she said.


“27 per cent of local governments said they would prefer the PTA to assumes complete responsible for discretionary infrastructure.”


Ms Freeman said last year she presented a petition to Parliament calling on the Barnett Government to resolve the gridlock between the two levels of government.


“Local residents have had to suffer in the rain and in the heat of summer without shelters while two levels of government bicker,” she said.


“I am pleased a working group has been identified so this issue can finally be resolved.


“The people in Mirrabooka have waited long enough.”

Media contact: Janine Freeman 0400 012 690