Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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Public transport a major hurdle for Nollamara residents

Wednesday 07 Sep 2011

Ms Freeman said she would host a public transport forum to assist in formulating a response to the Barnett Government's consultation plan and to advance the needs of Nollamara residents.


"In the Nollamara area people's main mode of transport is by private car," Ms Freeman said.


"Figures from the last census in 2006 showed that people living in Nollamara, Mirrabooka, Koondoola and Alexander Heights rarely used public transport.


"Only 212 people caught public transport while 2,149 people drove private vehicles to work.


"These figures are concerning and show that public transport is not available or effective enough for people living in the northern suburbs."


Ms Freeman said in Mirrabooka only 7.5 per cent of the population used public transport with 76.1 per cent driving their own cars.


"Transport needs to be addressed to provide rapid, effective and efficient public transport into the city and to other central locations for people who need it for work," she said.


Ms Freeman said the Mandurah and Joondalup Railway lines, built by previous Labor Governments, prove that people will use fast modern public transport.


"We are keen to listen to what local residents want," she said.

"WA Labor has proposed building a new circle rail line as part of a long term vision to meet Perth's transport needs in 50 to 100 years time.

"The line would feed out from the Joondalup line and run along Reid Highway with new stations at Mirrabooka and Malaga.


"We are also considering a new rail corridor to service the fast growing areas around the Wanneroo town site."


Shadow Minister for Transport Ken Travers said the State Government's plan for the Mirrabooka region is to use light rail along Alexander Drive but said the population growth in the area warrants urban rail.


"Rail from Mirrabooka to the city would take approximately 17 minutes, compared to a light rail which could take up to 40 minutes during peak hours," he said.


"Light rail is best suited for heavily congested areas with high levels of activity and housing density.


"The Barnett Government must come clean on what plans they have to change residential densities and allow commercial activity along their proposed light rail route."


Labor Leader Eric Ripper and Shadow Transport Minister Ken Travers will join Janine Freeman at the community transport forum held at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre on the 24 September from 2pm.


Please call Janine Freeman's office on 9345 2005 if you would like to attend the forum.