"The map of the boundaries on the Metronet website shows the rail link between the new Whiteman Park and Malaga stations would run along the outskirts of the conservation reserve.
But Ms Mettam said actual concept plans for the development showed the rail link would run through a section of the parks and recreation land, despite a previous agreement the land would remain undeveloped.
“When Lew Whiteman, Len Marshall and a group of other landowners agreed to sell this land to the WA government in the 1970s, it was under the provision that it would be used for public use for perpetuity and was to never be urbanised,” she said.
“We now have a mischievous plan by the McGowan Government to try to override that agreement and carve off part of this invaluable open public space for a rail station.”
A Whiteman Park strategic plan released by the former Liberal National government earmarked the land for a cemetery and sporting fields.
Ms Mettam told 6PR the latest plan should not come at the cost of Whiteman Park, one of the most popular reserves in Perth’s north.
“The McGowan Government needs to be upfront with the community about their plans and indicate how much land this government intends to excise from the park and develop,” she said.
“This government is turning its back on that community agreement and the community have every right to feel concerned about the McGowan Government’s plan for this land grab.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the scope of the project, boundaries and concept design would be finalised in coming months, with the route effectively the same as that WA Labor took to the 2017 State Election.
By Lauren Pilat
September 15, 2019 — 12.02pm