The Dampier to Bunbury gas pipeline telecommunications mast from Ellenbrook town centre has been moved to make way for a future METRONET station precinct.
The 88-metre mast had been considered a major obstacle to the commercial and residential expansion of the existing townsite.
Its removal paves the way for new development to take place, bringing with it new job opportunities, economic benefits and improved retail and lifestyle choices for local residents.
The mast’s removal also opens up the northern end of a public transit corridor running between Reid Highway and the Ellenbrook town centre to support planning and route alignment studies for the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line, being undertaken as part of METRONET.
The removal and disposal of the mast was a collaboration between Main Roads Western Australia, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and the Public Transport Authority. The $5 million cost to remove it was included within the New Lord Street project.
The safe removal and disposal of the mast was successfully completed in March 2018, with a section of the steelwork donated to the Ellenbrook Men’s Shed, where it will be scrapped and reused on some of the organisation’s not-for-profit projects.
WAPC will continue to work with prospective developers to bring forward plans for the expansion of the Ellenbrook town centre.
Source: WA Government