Planning zone grows

Bayswater council is fine with a slightly expanded WA government control zone, as long as the state takes care of the parks.

THE Bayswater train station upgrade rolls along with the WA government selecting a tenderer to design and build the station, platform and surrounds.

The tenderer is Evolve Bayswater Alliance, a project name of Coleman Rail, subsidiary of the Spanish-based infrastructure giant Acciona. 

This $253 million stage will link the Midland line to Metronet’s Forrestfield-airport link and the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.

Coleman has previously handled local projects including the Ashton Street Bridge, Hamilton Street Bridge, and the two new bridges on Albany Highway.

Transport minister Rita Saffioti announced the selection saying “building this project, combined with construction of other nearby major projects like the Tonkin Gap and Morley-Ellenbrook Line, will help support the WA economy through some tough times ahead.

“In times like these it’s important we continue to progress the projects that will provide work for local businesses and keep workers in their jobs. This will ultimately support the state’s wider economy.”

The WA government has taken over interim planning control of the station’s surrounds off Bayswater council, in order to bring in larger developments and a bigger population to make use of the train station upgrades.

Currently the WAPC handles applications in the area. 

The official boundaries of the full takeover area were announced March 20 and cover a larger patch than first announced, creeping northwards to include two large parks: Mills Avenue Park and Halliday Park.

Bayswater council itself had requested the expansion back in June 2019, with a council agenda stating the parks will need to be “protected” and “enhanced… to meet the needs of the growing population”.

If the parks were left outside the state’s control area then any of the protecting and enhancing would be done on council dime.

The newly announced boundaries and the complete takeover come into effect late 2020, and then decisions will be made by Labor’s planning supergroup DevelopmentWA. 

by DAVID BELL

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