The first passenger trains will leave Perth’s new Butler Station on September 21, 2014.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the project, initially due to cost $241million, would be delivered three months ahead of schedule and about $20million under budget.
Mr Nalder said the 7.5 kilometre rail extension, north from Clarkson on the Joondalup Line, would provide a vital link to the growing community in Butler.
“I’m very proud to announce that the extension will be open ahead of schedule, in time for the school holidays and the IGA Perth Royal Show. We expect about 2,000 people a day will use the station to commute to work in the city, Joondalup or even Mandurah,” he said.
“We are already starting to see new development at Butler as the suburb expands around the station. Local shopping centres and other infrastructure will soon pop up too - the station will be in the very heart of the community.
Respected former public servant and Agent General Kerry Sanderson AO will be the next Governor of Western Australia.
Premier Colin Barnett made the announcement at Government House today after Her Majesty The Queen approved the Premier’s recommendation for the appointment of Mrs Sanderson to succeed Hon Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC.
Mrs Sanderson will be Western Australia’s first female governor. She will formally take up the appointment from October 20, 2014.
“Kerry Sanderson is eminently suited to undertake the role and I congratulate her on her appointment,” Mr Barnett said.
“Mrs Sanderson has had a distinguished career in the public sector and is widely respected throughout the community for her business acumen, her commitment to science and learning and her active involvement in the work of several charities.