A re-elected Barnett Government would slug the public $20 per day for parking at train station multi-storey car parks if Liberal candidates got their way, Labor claimed today.
In a sign of the intense scrutiny parties will apply to each other’s policies before the March 9 election, Labor accused Joondalup and Gosnells candidates of giving undertakings the Government had no intention of entertaining.
Joondalup candidate Jan Norberger and Gosnells hopeful David Goode have started campaigning for multi-storey car parks at Edgewater and Thornlie train stations to ease commuters’ daily fight for car bays.
The push comes despite the Government’s own transport boss, Reece Waldock, claiming better bus links from the suburbs were far more effective at getting commuters onto trains.
The Transport director general told a Parliamentary estimates committee last July feeder bus services were “the future” because they would reduce traffic at train stations and were a better return on investment.
Mr Waldock said it would cost $20 a day per car bay to make multi-storey facilities financially viable and “I don’t know how government could ever justify subsidising” it.
Commuters currently pay $2 a day or nothing for parking.
Shadow transport minister Ken Travers said the community had been stung before by false Liberal promises and called on the Government to rule the multistorey car parks in or out.
“The Premier made a promise at the last election about building an Ellenbrook railway line and then tried to deny it and blame it on his candidate,” he said.
Mr Travers said Labor had already announced it would review bus routes in Perth’s northern corridor to improve access “but it won’t cost $20 a day”.
Mr Goode said he had not discussed a Thornlie multi-storey car park with Mr Buswell but had with other members of the Liberal party.
Mr Norberger said he was not promising Joondalup voters anything, but had made Mr Buswell aware of the community’s desire for the facility and “as I understand it, it’s under consideration”.
Premier Colin Barnett refused to confirm this, but released a statement saying: “Jan Norberger and David Goode are Liberal candidates advocating for what they want to deliver if elected”.
“I’m sure the idea would be popular in the local community,” it read.