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METRONET creates Karnup station from ground up


In a first for Western Australia, the State Government is inviting proposals to transform the site of the proposed METRONET Karnup train station in the City of Rockingham into a thriving community hub.

The Karnup Station Precinct Problem and Opportunity Statement has been released, seeking feedback from the market interested in constructing a new passenger train station, and transit-oriented community and precinct in one of the state’s highest growing suburbs.

The project will integrate high-frequency public transport with about 35 hectares of under-utilised land perfect for new homes, community facilities and public open space.

The statement has been released under the Market-led Proposals policy, which has been updated to further clarify the evaluation process for problem-and-opportunity statements.

Proposals will need to consider the unique environmental characteristics of the precinct including fauna and flora and incorporate water sensitive design initiatives.

Planning minister Rita Saffioti said she anticipated this would be the first of many problem-and-opportunity statements that aim to leverage Government land holdings and deliver public infrastructure at minimal cost to the ratepayer.

“The focus is to deliver an innovative outcome that creates a community centred around public transport, and the State Government-owned land identified for this precinct is perfect for new homes, community facilities and public open space,” she said.

“It invites industry to develop both the land and the new Karnup station, with the Public Transport Authority to ultimately manage and operate the station.

“There is significant demand in this area for a new train station in Karnup, with more than 25,000 people currently living in Karnup and the surrounding suburbs of Singleton, Golden Bay and Secret Harbour, with population growth set to continue.”

Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia said the station was promised at the 2017 election but delayed when the Liberal Federal Government insisted the Lakelands station be built first.

“I am pleased the WA Government is now seeking to deliver the station through this innovative process,” he said.

“It is an incredible opportunity for the private sector to help transform the proposed Karnup station into a vibrant and thriving precinct.

“The region is growing fast, and this unique approach will see residents, workers and visitors all benefit from a purpose-built hub centred around a bustling transport network.”

Submissions for the Karnup Problem and Opportunity Statement close on July 17, 2023 and can be made by visiting TendersWA.

For more information about the market-led proposals process and updated policy, visit