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AMID a massive $25-million upgrade of East Perth train station a kind-hearted Voice reader has called up to make sure authorities keep an eye out for a family of finches that’s been living there more than 20 years.

The reader (who wanted to stay anonymous because of his job) said for as long as he’d been coming to the station he’d seen successive generations of the birds breeding in the eaves of the platform shelter.

He says the wee family has done renos over the years to keep the spot active, as it keeps them sheltered from predatory birds like kookaburras.

• This little nest, and its bundles of feathers, has stood the test of time, but will have to be relocated for a station upgrade. Photo by Steve Grant

• This little nest, and its bundles of feathers, has stood the test of time, but will have to be relocated for a station upgrade. Photo by Steve Grant

Previously work has kept the tiny red birds in mind said our twitcher: “When they painted the station, the painters lifted up the nest and painted, then put it back there,” he said.

The PTA’s Claire Krolsays “it’s nice to know people notice these things”.

“We’re aware of the birds, and we will ensure any fauna on site is caught (if possible) and relocated to a suitable location,” she said.

The upgrades aim to modernise and expand the station in preparation for larger crowds expected once the new Perth stadium opens. About 7500 people out of the stadium’s 60,000 capacity are expected to come via East Perth station.

Works include lengthening the platform, putting in a better pedestrian bridge with more covered area that’s also compliant with the disability discrimination act, four new lifts, bike facilities, and upgrades that’ll let them handle Midland line disruptions more smoothly.

by DAVID BELL

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