Telecommunications Tower To Be Moved For Ellenbrook Railway Station

Telecommunications Tower To Be Moved For Ellenbrook Railway Station

Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti

Telecommunications Tower Moved To Make Way For Ellenbrook Station

Victor P Taffa

  • Another step forward for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line
  • Removal of tower will enable land around a future railway station to be developed
  • Planning and preparation for Ellenbrook Line construction kicks into high gear

Dampier to Bunbury gas pipeline telecommunications mast from Ellenbrook town centre has been moved to make way for a future METRONET station area.

“So much work is going on behind the scenes to ensure we can transition from detailed planning and consultation to starting construction of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line in 2019.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.

“We have had community forums, surveys and awarded tenders for the design and engineering services the project has a lot of momentum and community support.”

88-metre mast had been considered a major obstacle to the commercial and residential expansion of the existing townsite.

Its removal paves the way for new development to take place, bringing with it new job opportunities, economic benefits and improved retail and lifestyle choices for local residents.

Mast’s removal also opens up the northern end of a public transit corridor running between Reid Highway and the Ellenbrook town centre to support planning and route alignment studies for the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line, being undertaken as part of METRONET.

“It is absolutely brilliant that the telecommunications tower has been moved so quickly. These are the first works to be completed at the future Ellenbrook Station site. Along with the Lord Street duplication, this is laying the foundations for the train line to Ellenbrook.” Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said.

Removal and disposal of the mast was collaboration between Main Roads Western Australia, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and the Public Transport Authority. The $5 Million cost to remove it was included within the New Lord Street project.

Safe removal and disposal of the mast was successfully completed in March 2018, with a section of the steelwork donated to the Ellenbrook Men’s Shed, where it will be scrapped and reused on some of the organisation’s not-for-profit projects.

WAPC will continue to work with prospective developers to bring forward plans for the expansion of the Ellenbrook town centre.