Ellenbrook was always a suburb with a vision.
The award-winning planned neighbourhood was designed to provide its residents with a sense of community, and today there are more than 40,000 inhabitants enjoying the lifestyle perks of the area.
As its population grows, Ellenbrook has ambitious plans for its future. Here are five exciting things coming to Ellenbrook in the next few years.
1. The Morley-Ellenbrook Line
Rail transport has been a ‘missing link’ among Ellenbrook’s otherwise excellent infrastructure. However, residents rejoiced in August when the state government announced that construction on the Morley-Ellenbrook portion of the METRONET will commence at the end of the year.
The 21 km rail line will halve transport time from Ellenbrook to the CBD to just 30 minutes. The train will travel from Ellenbrook town centre, along the western side of new Lord Street, north of Marshall Road and down the middle of Tonkin Highway to Bayswater Station at the Midland Line.
“It’s really a game-changer … it really allows people to connect into the opportunities that exist in the metropolitan area and the CBD,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. We couldn’t agree more.
2. Ellenbrook Central Shopping Centre
Ellenbrook Central has always been a very good hub with shops like Aldi, Best & Less, Big W, Coles and Woolworths. However, a $63 million expansion plan will add 20 more retailers, 320 more roof-top car spaces (topped with solar-generating shades) and 380 more jobs in the centre upon completion.
The expansion is set to be finished by 2020.
Locals seem to be most excited about Kmart, with media reports that Kmart fanatics are counting down until the opening of the new store.
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3. Tonkin Gap Rebuild
The ‘Tonkin Gap’ is an infamous stretch of road: A two-lane system sandwiched between the billion-dollar North Link project and the billion-dollar Gateway interchange, which has slowed commuters on a daily basis.
In July, the WA Government allocated $400 million in order to widen the two lanes into three, in both directions. This is expected to save peak-hour drivers 11 minutes in the morning if they are going north and six minutes if they are travelling south.
4. Fauna Overpass
It’s not just the humans in Ellenbrook who have something to look forward to. A bridge solely for wildlife is being constructed across a new section of Tonkin Highway.
While Western Australia already has plenty of animal underpasses, the bridge will be the state’s first fully-vegetated fauna overpass and will be landscaped to mimic the natural surroundings of the area. Ideally, this will encourage native animals to safely cross the Tonkin Highway, reducing wildlife fatalities.
5. Ellenbrook Youth Centre
In May, the Labor Party pledged $3 million to build a state-of-the-art Youth Centre in the heart of Ellenbrook, near the future train station and Ellenbrook Secondary College, which is also near the well-established library.
The centre will be a boost for Ellenbrook’s young population as currently 29% of the suburb’s residents are aged 12-25. It will provide drop-in, educational and recreational programs and host events and activities. There will also be information, referral and advocacy services available.
If you’re looking to make Ellenbrook your home, contact our team today.