Federal and State Labor have pledged to build a $32 million multi-level car park at the Mandurah Train Station.
Federal Labor’s $16 million contribution will be drawn from its $300 million National Park and Ride Fund for new or expanded car parks at public transport hubs
The new 1000 bay multi-level car park will be built on a portion of the existing car park and will increase the parking capacity to 2200 spaces.
Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the facilities would make a real, practical difference for commuters while also reducing congestion for local residents.
“We’ll not only invest in new public transport services, but also deliver practical measures to help commuters get to work with a minimum of fuss, including through our new Park and Ride Fund,’’ Mr Albanese said.
“Public transport isn’t just about the train line or bus route itself. It’s also about the surrounding infrastructure that makes it work.’’
Labor candidate for Canning Mellisa Teede said the difficulty finding a parking space at the Mandurah Train Station was a key issue raised by constituents whenever she door-knocked or campaigned around the community.
“People are having to get to Mandurah Station earlier and earlier just to get a park,” Ms Teede said.
“And when they arrive to find that all the parks are taken up, they drive, creating more congestion. Or they park on side streets and risk fines.
“People in Mandurah deserve a fair go, not longer commutes and parking fines.”
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie said Labor are throwing money at a problem they could have fixed years ago.
“At the 2017 state election, David Templeman promised $20 million for a bigger Mandurah Train Station car park. He only managed to get $16 million.
“Nothing has happened. If Labor can’t build a car park for $16 million, how can they now be trusted to build one for $32 million?
“David Templeman is good at singing, but not delivering."