Station upgrade unveiled

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Cookernup residents and Premier Mark McGowan at the Cookernup Station opening.
Camera IconCookernup residents and Premier Mark McGowan at the Cookernup Station opening. Credit: Picture: Briana Fiore

The last time Premier Mark McGowan was in Cookernup was to reinstate the town’s beloved postcode.

This time he arrived in style on the Australind for the opening of the new Cookernup Station.

Residents joined Mr McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti for the official cutting of the ribbon ceremony on Thursday.

The $650,000 station upgrade will make it more accessible for passengers with mobility issues after the installation of a raised platform.

The station has new parking bays, kerbing and bitumen surfaces and is now fully compliant with disability standards.

Work began on the station last year, however it is not the only regional station to have undergone a makeover.

Cookernup joins Yarloop and two other regional towns to have had station renovations in the past 18 months.

The station opening coincided with the release of the new Australind railcar designs for 2022-23.

Mr McGowan said the 70-year-old line was an important part of the social and tourism infrastructure of the South West.

“Western Australia needs to provide decent train services in both the city and the regions,” he said.

The WA-made railcar would include a buffet, bike storage, toilets, Wi-Fi and USB connection points.

Cookernup resident Shannon Winduss said she was excited about the new Australind announcement. She travels to Bunbury and Perth on the Australind at least three times a week.

“I love the train, it’s comfy and fun to ride,” Ms Winduss said.

There was also a special plaque unravelled at the station for Ms Winduss on Thursday.

The station was officially named Shannon’s Shelter.

Ms Winduss said her friend put up a sign in the old blue shelter as a surprise birthday present, and the unofficial shelter name stuck.

Ms Winduss was delighted with the new sign and her own personal plaque.

She is only the second person in WA to have a station named after her.

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