FIFO families give nod to rail scheme
Rockingham’s fly-in, fly-out families have given Labor’s Metronet proposal the seal of approval.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan announced the details of the ambitious rail scheme last week, which would, in effect, link Mandurah Line commuters to Perth Airport.
The $3.8 billion project, which has been dismissed as “fantasy” by Premier Colin Barnett, proposes a railway line to the airport by mid-2018.
Mother-of-three Kellie Briggs’ husband Ryan has worked FIFO for more than 12 years.
She believes the proposals would be “life-changing”. “It (FIFO) impacts on the whole family, I’ve got three children under five, two of them go to locals schools,” she said. “If I need to take Ryan to the airport, I have to take kids out of school for the day; realistically if it’s an afternoon flight, I can’t drop him off at the airport and get back in time to pick the kids up.”
Mrs Briggs said many FIFO families found the airport trip “inaccessible”.
“We’ve always found that the airport was inaccessible, we sold up in Applecross to move to Rockingham for the lifestyle and to have a family,” she said.
“I can’t understand why this has not been done here before.
“I wouldn’t have to take my kids out of school, I don’t have to play Russian roulette with taxis.”
Cynara Stalenhoef, whose partner works drive-in, drive-out in Boddington, said the plan would give families flexibility.
“It would make a huge difference (for families), some will want to drop daddy at airport, others will have no need to get kids out of school to go to the airport,” she said.
Mr McGowan revealed a circle freeway allowing uninterrupted Perth travel, the final part of his Metronet plan on Sunday.
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