Proposed Mandurah Train Station multi-level parking to go ahead regardless of election outcome

Bipartisan support for proposed Mandurah Train Station multi-level parking, after Andrew Hastie reveals $16 million for the proposed project. Photo: Nathan Hondros.
Bipartisan support for proposed Mandurah Train Station multi-level parking, after Andrew Hastie reveals $16 million for the proposed project. Photo: Nathan Hondros.

Mandurah Train Station will receive millions for the construction of a proposed multi-level parking facility, regardless of the outcome of the upcoming federal government election.

The Coalition government announced that $16 million had been allocated for the long-running proposal last week, which was the icing on the cake for the project following a similar commitment by Labor in February.

That previous commitment saw federal and state Labor have teamed up to pitch $32 million to build the facility if a Bill Shorten government is elected.

Canning MP Andrew Hastie said the Coalition's announced funding formed part of its $1.6 billion investment into critical infrastructure in Perth and regional Western Australia.

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"This isn't an election commitment - this money is delivered and in the budget," Mr Hastie said.

"For the past three years, I've worked deliver the infrastructure and essential services needed to improve lives in Mandurah and the Peel region.

"Population growth in Mandurah's northern suburbs will continue to put pressure on the station car park, even with the expansion. We need a real plan for public transport in Mandurah and that must include Lakelands train station."

Mr Hastie said the Morrison Government was working constructively with the State Government and expected them to do so in return.

"We worked constructively with the state government to deliver on the car park expansion. I'm asking that they do the same for the Lakelands station," he said.

"Up until now, David Templeman has done nothing to help make the station a reality. Come to the table with some funding for Lakelands, stop ignoring the people of north Mandurah."

This isn't an election commitment - this money is delivered and in the budget.

Canning MP Andrew Hastie

However, while welcoming the funding commitment, Mandurah MP David Templeman said the project was one state Labor had been on the front-foot of.

"I have been calling for more car parking at the Mandurah station and a second station to service Mandurah long before Mr Hastie moved from the Eastern States to WA," Mr Templeman told the Mandurah Mail.

"Labor candidate for Canning, Mellisa Teede and Anthony Albanese, Shadow Spokesperson for Infrastructure announced this weeks ago.

"Labor is the only party that can deliver on important rail infrastructure."

Mr Templeman said both he and WA transport minister Rita Saffioti wrote to Mr Hastie in August 2018 outlining the budget allocation from the state and requested the Canning MP lobby the federal government.

When it came to Mr Hastie's push to alleviate pressure in the north of the city, Mr Templeman said Karnup Station would fill that gap.

"The increase in parking at the Mandurah station will help alleviate the shortage of parking until the Karnup station is completed," he said.

"The Karnup Station will be commenced in 2020 and there is a business case being developed for Lakelands."

Andrew Hastie and David Templeman. Photo: File image.

Andrew Hastie and David Templeman. Photo: File image.