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Barnett touts vision, Labor highlights debt

Premier Colin Barnett has derided Labor’s lack of vision for the city ahead of tonight’s televised election debate, saying the $440 million Elizabeth Quay development would become an inner-city "pond" if Mark McGowan wins power.

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I think the Elizabeth Quay is a great project, and something people of Perth can enjoy for many years. At present you may be able to drive past, but it's amazingly boring with just an expanse of lawn. At $440 million I think it is good value for money. I do not understand how metro rail can cost $ 3.8Billion. It looks on paper like a few pieces of railway track. No mountains to cross, or dig through, all flat sandy terrain.If the same designers of the stations along the freeway are used,the costs should be a lot lower. They mostly look like tin barns, No artistry, no theme, just plain tin sheds. Someone has made a lot of money on that section of railway line.

Living in the City of Perth I am interested in this foreshore project. I see it as a Disney World concept. I do know there has been no consideration for either transport or walkers through and around the city during this time of upheaval. This includes, very short sightedly tourists consideration. I do believe our foreshore needed upgrading but not in this way. Other plans have been in place in the past and they should have been considered. If the area is for the people the people should look carefully at this present project and judge for themselves. If no consideration has been made for the community and tourists so far is the attitude going to change in the future? Who are we pleasing with this project?

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