ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY The City of Wanneroo acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we are working on, the Whadjuk people. We would like to pay respect to the Elders of the Noongar nation, past, present and future, who have walked and cared for the land and we acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contributions made to the life of this City and this region.
A highly anticipated sporting precinct in the City of Wanneroo’s north opened to the public this week.
Designed in consultation with local sporting groups in the City’s north, the state-of-the-art Halesworth Park complex, on the border of Butler and Alkimos in the Trinity Estate, features two multi-sport ovals, 16 multi-use hardcourts, cricket nets, a dual-use path, children’s play area and picnic facilities.
The $20.7 million facility will serve a range of sporting clubs in the northern corridor, as well as John Butler Primary College and Alkimos College.
The next stage of the Halesworth Park project is the construction of two sports amenities buildings. Works are scheduled to start later this year and anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
The buildings will include multi-purpose rooms, change rooms, first aid rooms, toilets, storage, kitchens and a kiosk.
Drink fountains, taps and temporary toilets are being installed in the meantime, and are expected to be available for use in October.
The City of Wanneroo committed $11.5 million to the Halesworth Park project and received funding of $5 million from the Federal Government, $2 million from the State Government, $1.2 million from the LWP Property Group and $980,000 from the WA Department of Education.
They have long, needle-like leaves and striking black trunks. Can you guess which Australian plant it is? Yep – the instantly recognisable Grass Tree (or Balga in Noongar).
These slow-growing plants can take up to 20 years to flower and can reach a ripe old age of up to 600 years old! So, protecting, storing and replanting these native treasures is an environmental responsibility we take very seriously.
METRONET engaged grass tree experts, Grasstrees Australia to help carefully remove grass trees in the development corridor on the Yanchep Rail Extension project.
This environmental commitment is part of METRONET’s Sustainability Strategy that aims to minimise impacts from construction on flora, vegetation and terrestrial fauna, maintain ecological linkage and revegetate.
Click on the video to learn more about the grass tree relocation process.
The Balga’s are now comfortably accommodated at a ‘five-star grass tree retreat’ (aka nursery) in Wattle Grove.
Every good retreat has a focus on health and the grass tree retreat is no exception. Under the expert eye of Grasstree Australia staff, the botanical beauties are receiving the highest standard of care with maintenance, health assessments and treatments to encourage root development.
As part of the station precincts, the Grass Trees will be replanted with other native species as part of the landscaping and urban design for the YRE project rail.
The‘Balga’ is a culturally significant plant to the Noongar people:
the flowering spike is used as a firestick and makes a good fishing spear
the flower’s nectar forms a sweet, slightly fermented drink
the resin is traditionally used as glue in spear-making and for patching up water containers and didgeridoos
the tough seed pods are used as cutting implements
Following a review of the existing and planned cycling infrastructure as part of the Yanchep Rail Extension, the project will focus on connecting pedestrians and cyclists from local communities to the new stations.
Since the Yanchep Rail Extension was announced in 2017, new projects have come online in the northern suburbs that include new cycle paths, such as the Mitchell Freeway Extension to Romeo Road and future plans to extend even further north.
As such, the shared path will be moved to the new freeway extension, rather than along the rail line, and complements the path along Marmion Avenue. Doing this removes duplication of shared paths in the area and allows better connections within the wider community.
We will continue to work with the community and stakeholders, to ensure cycling and pedestrian connections service the needs of the local community.
Hooray! Funding in the 2021-2022 State Budget has been allocated to construct a new state-of-the-art METRONET public transport operation centre.
The Public Transport Operations Control Centre (PTOCC) is essential to delivering METRONET’s future High Capacity Signalling Project – a decade-long transition to a network-wide digital signalling upgrade to allow more trains to run at a greater frequency on Perth’s rail network.
The PTOCC will include a centralised signalling equipment room, network control floors and office space in East Perth.
It will house the infrastructure and personnel needed to manage the day-to-day operations of Perth’s public transport network, which will expand by more than 72km in coming years as various METRONET projects become operational.
Final contract negotiations are underway with work expected to commence in early-2022.
Midland Junction Alliance (McConnell Dowell Constructors, Georgiou Group, Arcadis Australia and BG&E) has been named the preferred proponent to design and construct the New Midland Station.
The modern, three-platform station to be constructed between Helena and Cale streets will include a north-south pedestrian overpass, passenger toilets, lifts and stairs, kiosk and around 100 secure bike parks.
The project is also tasked with decommissioning and demolishing the existing 53-year old train station.
Passengers can connect to the station from a new 12-stand bus interchange or multi-storey car park, with more than 600 parking bays, to be built where the existing station is located.
The alliance contract is expected to be awarded later this year.
An Ordinary Postal Election will be held on Saturday, 16 October 2021 in the City of Wanneroo.
This election is to fill the following vacancies:
Central Ward – 1 Councillor – 4 year term
Central-East Ward – 1 Councillor – 4 year term
Central-West Ward – 1 Councillor – 4 year term
North Ward – 1 Councillor – 4 year term
North-East Ward – 1 Councillor – 4 year term
South Ward – 1 Councillor – 4 year term
South-West Ward – 1 Councillor – 4 year term
Nominations Open on Thursday, 2 September 2021 Nominations Close at 4:00 PM Thursday, 9 September 2021
Nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer:
at any time during the above period by arrangement; or
between 2:00pm and 4:00 PM Thursday, 9 September 2021 (close of nominations) at the City of Wanneroo, 23 Dundebar Road, WANNEROO.
Candidates are required to lodge with the Returning Officer:
a completed nomination in the prescribed form, signed and witnessed. This form is available from the Returning Officer or the Western Australian Electoral Commission(www.elections.wa.gov.au);
a single A4 page profile of not more than 800 characters (including spaces) containing information about the candidate;
a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order);
(optional) a recent passport-sized photograph of the candidate’s head, or head and shoulders; and
every candidate must have completed the online course titled Induction for prospective candidates, available at www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au, prior to nominating.
The Commission has developed an online system called Nomination Builder to assist candidates to complete their nomination form which includes the candidate profile. This is the preferred method of completing the nomination form and profile for elections conducted by the Commission. Candidates complete their nomination details and profile, print the completed form which has a reference number allocated and lodge it with the Returning Officer. The nomination builder can be accessed via www.elections.wa.gov.au.
Where an agent lodges a nomination on a candidate’s behalf, it must be in the prescribed form with a written authorisation signed by the candidate.
The documents may be hand delivered or posted to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.
Information Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer, Kelly DANSIE on 0456 708 670 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.
The name is inspired by our friend, Jana Edmondson, a 13-year-old Coogee resident. Jana lives with cerebral palsy, but despite her condition, one of Jana’s favourite activities is to catch the train to Perth and chat with other passengers on her trip. Jana’s good will is infectious and her tenacity is the perfect spirit to embody the new MTBM.
‘Jana’ will drill twin 100m tunnels under the existing freight rail corridor near the Ranford Road Bridge to enable the relocation of a major water main through August and September.
Tunnel boring machines are traditionally given female names for good luck in honour of the patron saint of underground workers, Saint Barbara.
In other Thornlie-Cockburn Link news, work on Karel Avenue, a Main Roads WA project, including widening and lengthening the bridge over the freight railway lines has been completed to accommodate track duplication for METRONET’s new line.