The Pencil Guy: Hourann's illogical blog

Looking back upon Perth for a moment

  • So the owners of Perth Airport have finally announced a plan to upgrade the freakin’ thing. Coming home will be that much less painful … from 2015! In fact, said owners are so reluctant to get this process started that they have little more than a map to show — the press release contains the lovely admission that “concept designs are still being developed”. Going on what they have said, the plan isn’t bad, but neither is it great (regional terminal? yay! such a long walk away? eek!). And it’s still likely to turn out less than adequate — by their own boasting, passenger numbers are consistently growing a good 13% each year.
  • The State Government re-announced this week the Riverside development in East Perth, which is nice, and that Transperth fares will go up, which is less so.
  • And finally, the dear State Liberal Party is talking leadership spill again (over some stupid little indiscretion; does anyone even remember the Ruddster’s strip club incident?). Seriously kids, the election is nine months away. If you’re bickering about this now, your chances of success are zero.
  1. Thing is, as stupid little indiscretions go, it’s one that set at least my personal creep-o-meter soaring.

  2. Also it’s his second offense. Remember the bra-strap incident. All pretty minor but do you really want an immature frat boy running the state? Nah, me either.

  3. Any kind of transport infrastucture upgrade (but not increasing prices) at least sounds promising, despite the delays. As much as I’ve spoken to you about how the train network could be better, D’Orazio’s latest proposal (before the house tomorrow! is intriguing. Although, admittedly, I’m hoping it’ll help stir up some quotable stuff – I’m still hoping for Woodhams producing another budget special… :

    “20. Railway Construction within the Reid and Tonkin Highway Road Reserves (Notice given
    – 13/3/08)
    Mr J.B. D’Orazio: To move –
    That this House calls on the Government to:
    (1) prepare a feasibility study for the construction of a cross-regional railway to link the
    Northern, Midland and Armadale train lines using the Reid and Tonkin Highway road

  4. Thought Id finally get on the technology bandwagon and got a smartrider about a week ago. Got some beef with the piece of plastic after forgetting to tag off while under the influence and finding when i tagged on the next day that the journey from perth to vic park cost me a little over $12. Grrrrr

    Oh yeah and the airport seems to be coming along well!

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