Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Opportunity to create new Karnup community from the ground up

    19/05/2023 6:00 AM
    • Innovative proposals invited to transform proposed Karnup Train Station precinct  
    • 35 hectares of land suitable for new homes, jobs, community facilities and parks
    • Partnership between State and private sector to deliver METRONET infrastructure
    • Market-led Proposals policy updated to clarify Problem and Opportunity Statement process

    In a first for Western Australia, the State Government is today inviting proposals to transform the site of the proposed METRONET Karnup Train Station in the City of Rockingham into a thriving community hub.


    The Karnup Station Precinct Problem and Opportunity Statement has been released, seeking feedback from the market interested in constructing a new passenger train station, and transit-oriented community and precinct in one of the State's highest growing suburbs.


    The opportunity will integrate high-frequency public transport with approximately 35 hectares of underutilised land perfect for new homes, community facilities and public open space.


    The statement is being released under the Market-led Proposals policy which has been updated to further clarify the evaluation process for Problem and Opportunity Statements.


    Proposals will need to consider the unique environmental characteristics of the precinct including fauna and flora and incorporate water sensitive design initiatives.


    Submissions for the Karnup Problem and Opportunity Statement close on 17 July 2023 and can be made by visiting TendersWA. For more information about the Market-led Proposals process and updated policy, visit https://wa.gov.au/market-led-proposals.


    Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "This Problem and Opportunity Statement is the first of its kind in Western Australia.


    "We anticipate this will be the first of many Problem and Opportunity Statements that aim to leverage Government land holdings and deliver public infrastructure at minimal cost to the ratepayer.


    "The focus is to deliver an innovative outcome that creates a community centred around public transport, and the 35 hectares of underutilised State Government-owned land identified for this precinct is perfect for new homes, community facilities and public open space.


    "It invites industry to develop both the land and the new Karnup Train Station, with the Public Transport Authority to ultimately manage and operate the station.

    "There is significant demand in this area for a new train station in Karnup, with more than 25,000 people currently living in Karnup and the surrounding suburbs of Singleton, Golden Bay and Secret Harbour with population growth set to continue.


    "I look forward to seeing the innovative ideas that will be put forward for this and the other statements that will be released this year." 


    Comments attributed to Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia:


    "The Karnup Train station was promised at the 2017 election but delayed when the Morrison Federal Government insisted the Lakelands station be built first.


    "I am pleased the McGowan Government is now seeking to deliver the station through this innovative process.


    "It is an incredible opportunity for the private sector to help transform the proposed Karnup Train Station into a vibrant and thriving precinct.


    "The region is growing fast, and this unique approach will see residents, workers and visitors all benefit from a purpose-built hub centred around a bustling transport network.


    "I'm excited to see the ideas proposed and hear how they could benefit our community."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500