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THE South West has moved one step closer to achieving a more integrated transport system after Department for Transport CEO Mike Harris agreed to the formation of an administrative

advisory group.

The advisory group will advise the Minster for Transport on a better transport system for the South West.

Mr Harris made the commitment in response to calls made at the recent South West Integrated Transport Seminar held in Bunbury.

Mr Harris said the department would be happy to sit down with business and community groups to set up terms of reference for the group.

Mr Harris said that one of the things he had picked up from people in the South West was the concept of planning for growth and not compensating for growth after it has happened.

“The lessons of the past are being learned in this region as evidenced by the Bunbury Port strategy and the forward thinking of the Kemberton industrial estate.

“We seem to be pretty good at making strategies but we are not very good at putting infrastructure into the ground,” he said.

Mr Harris also said it was essential to incorporate the whole community in any transport proposals. He said it was essential that all communities benefited, not just the coastal strips.

The proposed strategy includes a high-speed train between Perth and Bunbury as well as increasing the frequency of services between the cities.

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