Mark McGowan confident Metronet plan will secure Commonwealth funding

ABC News

WA Premier Mark McGowan has returned from his first meeting with the Prime Minister confident of receiving the $1.2 billion in Commonwealth funding that was set aside for the now scrapped Perth Freight Link.

Mr McGowan wants to use some of the money towards his Government’s flagship rail project Metronet, but Malcolm Turnbull said last week the idea of simply reallocating funds set aside for one project, to another was “absurd”.

But following the meeting, the Premier said he believed WA would still get the funding.

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Double dipping: seven WA mayors moonlighting in private roles


MAYORS at some of Perth’s biggest councils are working second jobs while receiving their ratepayer-funded six-figure salaries.

A survey of the 28 metropolitan councils by The Sunday Times revealed seven mayors are moonlighting in private roles.

Another four mayors — all in the western suburbs — refused to answer our questions about whether they had two incomes.

The City of Swan said its mayor, Mick Wainwright, was paid $139,410 in annual allowances and spent two full days a week at the council.

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Trucks on Park Street

Road Works to Lower Crest on Park Street Near Partridge Street

Good News – the City of Swan have advised that road works will commence in May to lower the very dangerous crest on Park Street near Partridge Street. This will also include widening Park Street between Avonlee and Whiteman Edge.  🙂

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17 March 2017

Rita Saffioti MLA, Member for West Swan welcomed her appointment today as Minister for Transport; Planning & Lands after the swearing in ceremony at Government House this morning.

Ms Saffioti comes into the position with experience in the transport and planning portfolios. Having previously been Shadow Planning Minister since 2013 and Shadow Transport Minister since 2015.

Ms Saffioti played a key role in the development and costing of WA Labor’s METRONET policy, a coordinated transport and planning program and as Minister will oversee the delivery of that program.

Ms Saffioti expressed her desire to get to work immediately in implementing the new Labor Government’s comprehensive transport and planning agenda, which in addition to METRONET includes upgrades to major congestion areas on Wanneroo Road and Armadale Road and the upgrading of local roads such as Lord Street.

Comments from Member for West Swan, Rita Saffioti MLA:

“I am excited and humbled to be allocated the Transport; Planning and Lands portfolios in the new Mark McGowan Cabinet.

“Our government has a big agenda for transport and planning and I am committed to delivering it.”

Media contact: David Hay-Hendry 0449 129 121

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METRONET: Construction to start on the Morley-Ellenbrook Line in 2019

Now that we have a Labor government in WA we can start a whole new chapter on the promises that will benefit the Swan Valley and surrounding areas. Let’s start with METRONET as reported on our new Premier’s website:-

Thursday 09 Feb 2017

Six new METRONET stations will be built at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Bennett Springs, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook. Whiteman Park has recently been named Western Australia’s top tourist attraction.

  • Construction on the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line will commence in 2019;
  • The 21km spur line includes six new METRONET stations and is expected to be completed in 2022;
  • WA Labor will bring a fresh approach to transport in the north-eastern suburbs, creating 3,072 jobs;
  • The $863million rail line will service more than 200,000 local residents by 2026;
  • METRONET will create more than 10,400 jobs and apprenticeships.

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Ellenbrook Advocate

TOURISM funding for the Swan Valley has been highlighted as a major priority ahead of this weekend’s State Election.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said election pledges to protect the Swan Valley and market it as a tourist destination were key to the future of the region and were welcomed by the City.

Mr Wainwright said the City was also pleased to see commitment from major parties for more investment into youth services, community infrastructure, public transport and upgrades to road networks.

He said he was happy to see commitment funding from both Labor and Liberal for the Swan Valley, including $5 million for a ferry to bring people into the region via the Swan River and the introduction of a new Swan Valley State Government Board.

“This pledge supports the City’s goal to grow a seven-day visitor economy in the Swan Valley, lift brand awareness and increase the value of the visitor economy to support more local jobs,” he said.

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Swan Valley wine, table grape growers upbeat despite floods


SWAN Valley growers devastated by summer floods are confident of bouncing back despite a $30 million blow to the region’s grape industry during Perth’s wettest summer on record.

Winemakers and table grape growers were hit hard by the deluge last month, with crop losses of up to 90 per cent.

The flooding was significant enough for the State Government to declare the Swan Valley a natural-disaster zone.

Australian aerial imagery company Nearmap captured the impact in high definition.

Nearmap’s before-and-after photos can be used by government and insurance companies to help assess damage.

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WA early voting centres

Early voting will be available from Monday 20 February until Friday 10 March between Monday and Friday except the Public Holiday on Monday 6 March.

Early voting will be extended to 6.00pm on Friday 10 March except at centres with limited open times.

Regular updated times and maps of early voting centre locations are located on the 2017 State general election page.


  • Armadale/Kelmscott – Shop 8/2 Gillam Dve KELMSCOTT
  • Balcatta – Suite 5 Aspire Business Park 231 Balcatta Rd BALCATTA
  • Cannington – Unit 2/1300 Albany H’way CANNINGTON
  • Cockburn – Unit 4/10 Hammond Rd COCKBURN
  • Fremantle – Shop 11/39 Adelaide St FREMANTLE 6160
  • Joondalup – 3/320 Joondalup Dr (off Clarke Cres) JOONDALUP
  • Mandurah – Eastlake Church, 99 Lakes Rd GREENFIELDS
  • Midland – Suite 4 Landgate Building, 1 Midland Sq MIDLAND (entry via The Avenue)
  • Morley – Shop 57 Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Rd West MORLEY
  • Perth Airport (T1 T2 T3) – Voting hours Monday – Friday except Public Holiday Monday 6 March
  • Perth CBD – Foyer BOQ building, 111 St Georges Tce PERTH
  • Perth CBD – Shop 106 Perth City Central, 166 Murray St PERTH
  • Rockingham – Unit 3/31 Dixon Rd ROCKINGHAM

I voted at the Midland Centre this morning, very convenient, all done within 5 minutes. Highly recommend.

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Rita Saffioti and WA Labor today announced their plan for the future of the Swan Valley.

WA Labor has committed to reviewing and finalising the Swan Valley Development Plan and Legislation incorporating the concerns of the local community.

The Liberal Government has had eight years to finalise new legislation for the Swan Valley, yet only introduced a bill in the last months of 2016.

The Liberal Government’s last minute legislation was to also remove the Swan Valley Planning Committee, reducing the voice of the local community and stakeholders. Many Swan Valley residents and producers have voiced their concern at this measure.

Importantly, WA Labor’s plan includes the introduction of a new Swan Valley State Government Board to ensure that the views of local stakeholders are heard.

A McGowan Labor Government will support the viticulture in the Swan Valley, including assessing the current regulatory and legislative costs for local growers and producers. WA Labor will also work with the Water Corporation to ensure the Swan Valley’s agricultural land is given sufficient priority in relation to water allocations.

Additionally, WA Labor’s plan includes the development of a coordinated and sustained tourism strategy for the Swan Valley, administered by Tourism WA.

Comments from Shadow Planning Minister and Member for West Swan, Rita Saffioti MLA:

“A McGowan Labor Government will support the Swan Valley, now and into the future.

“We will create a new Swan Valley Board to allow for stakeholders to have voice at the most senior levels of government.

“I am proud to announce our plan today, Swan Valley growers and local residents deserve to have both a clear and consistent plan from State Government and an active and energised tourism strategy.”

Contact: Rita Saffioti 0477 620 616

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Unlimited China flights to boost tourism


A landmark aviation deal between Canberra and Beijing could let the genie out of the bottle and boost Chinese tourist numbers to Australia.

Capacity restrictions for Chinese and Australian airlines were lifted late last year allowing carriers to offer unlimited flights to and from any points in both countries including international airports in regional Australia.

It was the first time China signed such an agreement with any country.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo will lead a tourism delegation to Beijing and Shanghai early next week which will include airport representatives.

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Swan Valley grape growers – disaster assistance following recent floods

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, welcomed the announcement that disaster assistance has been made available in response to the recent floods in Pearce.

Mr Porter said funding would make sure affected individuals, families, primary producers, and councils have the support they need to recover from the impact of the floods, as quickly as possible.

“My thoughts are with all those that have been affected and I stand ready to assist the local community get back on its feet,” Mr Porter said.

“Swan Valley grape growers are facing multimillion dollar losses as hundreds of tonnes of wine and table grapes have been ruined.

“Wine producers are also facing the same fate with some losing a whole year’s work.

“Some roads in Northam, Beverley and Toodyay remain closed and the damage bill to these towns is yet to be determined.

“This funding will support the clean-up and recovery of affected areas and I will do whatever I can to keep our local community strong.”

Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at and the Western Australian Office of Emergency Management website at

If you require help in applying for disaster assistance you can contact Christian Porter’s office on 6296 7255 or email him at

Media Contact: Ella Cahill – or 6296 7255

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Swan Valley grape growers left with sour taste after floods

West Swan Road Bridge

Bells Rapids…

Grape growers are facing multimillion-dollar losses after floods inundated vineyards across the Swan Valley today.

Hundreds of tonnes of wine and table grapes were wiped out after the Swan River burst its banks, drowning vines and infrastructure.

Grape Growers Association of WA president Darryl Trease said he expected losses across the region to run into the tens of millions of dollars.

Mr Trease said he was “gutted” yesterday after his entire crop in Herne Hill, due to be harvested next week, was ruined.

“Anything that has gone under the flood has gone,” he said. “If the water hasn’t touched it, it will still rot with the humidity.

“Every grower who is growing grapes would have been affected in one way or another.”

The West – read more…

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Ellenbrook rail link back in transport plan but 30 years away

perth now

THE timing for the on-again, off-again Ellenbrook rail link has been brought forward but could still be more than 30 years away.

The final version of the Barnett Government’s long-term transport plan was released online yesterday and has shifted the timing for the link — which is a spur line to Marshall Road in Malaga — so it will be ready before Perth’s population hits 3.5 million in about 2050.

The plan, released for public comment in July last year, features new train lines and freeways, an inner-city subway and new bridges across the Swan River — including some for bikes.

But after receiving almost 700 submissions, some major changes have been made. The subway plan has been expanded to include South Perth and to go further west to the University of WA and QEII Medical Centre.

Perth Now – read more…

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Swan Valley FREE Family Movie Night

The Swan Valley Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Swan are hosting a FREE family movie night! 

Date :           Friday 17th February
Time:           Gates open 5.30pm – Movie start at Approx 7pm
Location:    Baskerville Oval, Memorial Ave
Movie:          Finding Dory – PG

There will be a sausage sizzle and drinks for sale on the night! Bring along your low backed chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars in the beautiful Swan Valley!

Please share with your friends, family and neighbours!

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CPB Contractors has won a $175 million contract to deliver the northern section of the NorthLink WA project between Ellenbrook and Muchea

The West

CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors has won a $175 million contract to deliver the northern section of the NorthLink WA project between Ellenbrook and Muchea.

The contract win represents the third and final stage of the $1.12 billion State and Federally funded road project, linking Morley and Muchea.

The design and construct contract involves construction of a free-flowing dual carriageway between Ellenbrook and Muchea, with new intersections at Stock Road, Neaves Road and Brand Highway, bridges built over local roads, railways and Ellen Brook as well as separate cycling and pedestrian paths.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the middle of the year and be completed in 2019.

The West read more…

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Selling wine online

Echo News

THE president of the Swan Valley Winemakers John Griffiths has welcomed new laws that allow producers to sell their wines online and also at farmers’ markets.

The new laws will let winemakers sell their product online without a storefront. Producers can also sell wine at a farmers market anywhere in Western Australia but customers will be capped to buying a maximum of one case, which is 12 bottles.

Racing and Gaming Minister Brendon Grylls announced changes to liquor regulations which includes a new category of special facility licence.

That licence allows a business to sell wines produced by the holder of a WA producer’s licence, online. He said currently no licence category existed to let a business sell liquor online without having a physical premises available to the public.

“The amendment will allow for this growing consumer need to be catered to and allow for increased exposure for WA wine producers to sell their products to the public.

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Park Street residents in Henley Brook and Brabham call for speed reduction, claiming street is truck route

The Advocate Community News

RESIDENTS of Park Street in Henley Brook and Brabham claim their street has become a truck route in recent years and are calling for the speed limit to be reduced.

RESIDENTS Anthony Lumney, Murray Severn, Sylvain Haass, Matthew Campbell and Cr Rod Henderson  Picture: David Baylis

Henley Brook resident Murray Severn, who has owned a property on the street for 33 years, said locals felt frustrated by heavy haulage trucks constantly traversing the 70km/h street.

“The trucks are being used by developers to accommodate the landfill requirements for their project sites on Woollcott Avenue,” he said.

“I have been advised that up to 100 trucks are being used for these projects, which are all making multiple pick-ups and deliveries during the day, starting at 6am.

“The trucks are shaking the foundations of our homes, causing damage, and we are in fear for our lives just to go for a walk, cycle or horse ride.

“I’ve got video footage of trucks whizzing past and knocking over bins.”

The Advocate read more…

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