Addressing issues within the Halifax Business Park – including transport, water and security - will be one of the many local issues that Labor Candidate for Bunbury Don Punch will act on.

Mr Punch met with Halifax business owners recently to hear about a range of problems from a lack of public transport to crime sprees within the park.

Inadequate road access and water pressure issues compounded problems facing business owners. There have been calls for action at Halifax over several years, with little result Mr Punch said.

“We must support local businesses if we are to grow local jobs”, said Mr Punch.

“There are long-term concerns about how the Halifax Business Park is supported with key infrastructure.

“There is no Bunbury City Transit bus service to Halifax. As a minimum a service should be available during early morning and afternoon peak periods.”

Mr Punch said priority infrastructure needs at Halifax Industrial Park included:

 A bus service during early morning and afternoon peak periods.
 Provision of slip lanes at major entrances off the South West Highway to promote safety.
 The need to ensure water mains pressure servicing the Halifax Business Park to support growth.
 Investigate deep sewer to the balance of the park to prevent leakage of nutrients into the adjacent Preston River.
 Review firefighting requirements with Water Corp and FESA to ensuring adequate firefighting capacity in the park.
 Investigate options for CCTV at the three entrance points to Halifax to help reduce late night crime.

Mr Punch has spoken to hundreds of local residents and business owners during his election campaign. He said Halifax infrastructure issues were another example of many key priorities raised by local people sick of waiting for action.

“These issues have been raised continually by business owners without a resolution,” Mr Punch said.

“Together with general land and verge maintenance problems this means the park does not present at its best to potential business investors.

“If elected I will work with business owners to review and address each problem. I will also work with business owners to better market the park and what it has to offer.

“Halifax deserves better.”