We will talk to communities within METRONET projects as often and as early as possible.

METRONET projects are about creating benefit for the communities they are built in – which is why we want to involve you from the start.

What you can expect

We encourage the community to contact the Communications and Engagement relations team directly if you need more information, have a suggestion, or want to discuss any concerns you might have, so we can work together.

We will ensure active, ongoing and timely communications with the local community by:

  • Communicating in an open, transparent and timely manner
  • Informing the community and all other stakeholders of the project and its benefits
  • Working with the design and delivery teams to find opportunities to minimise construction impacts on pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, residents and businesses.
  • Communicating disruptions with plenty of notice, using as many channels as possible
  • Providing the local community with opportunities to discuss concerns and potential issues
  • Responding promptly to community enquiries and concerns

For project specific community information including upcoming drop-in sessions, Community Advisory Group details and meeting minutes, visit the Community tab on the respective project page.


Gnarla Biddi - Our Pathways

METRONET acknowledges the People of the Noongar Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters on which the METRONET Program of Projects is located.

We pay our respects to their Elders, both past, present and emerging, and thank them for their continuing connection to country, culture and community.

The Gnarla Biddi (Our Pathways) Strategy is our long term commitment to embed genuine engagement with the Aboriginal community across the METRONET program.

In December 2018, the strategy was accepted by the Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla Booja Working Parties and renamed ‘Gnarla Biddi’ to reflect the pathways it is intended to help forge for Noongar and other Aboriginal people, as well as the connections the projects will create throughout Perth.

Guiding our journey

guiding our journey


The Gnarla Biddi Strategy is supported by a framework of five engagement streams, which allow for cultural, business, job and land access outcomes for the Aboriginal community. The streams are:
  • Noongar Cultural Recognition
  • Noongar Cultural Input into Place Making
  • Aboriginal Procurement
  • Aboriginal Employment
  • Land Access and Sites Management

Creating a conversation

The Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla Booja Working Parties have nominated representatives for the METRONET Noongar Reference Group, which will provide input into the Noongar Cultural Recognition and Noongar Cultural Input into Place Making engagement streams.

Over the course of METRONET, the Group will verify Noongar Cultural Context documents and guide programs related to Cultural Awareness Training and Cultural Recognition activities.

As each METRONET project is designed, the Group will provide feedback on cultural input in the design development, which can include but is not necessarily limited to landscaping, art and urban design.

More information on the Group and topics of discussion will be shared as they take place.

Taking the journey together

We're committed to working with Noongar and other Aboriginal people, groups and businesses toward the outcomes of Noongar cultural acknowledgement, Noongar input into the project processes, and workforce and industry participation.

A METRONET Noongar Reference Group will provide input into the Noongar Cultural Recognition and Noongar Cultural Input into Place Making engagement streams.

If you are a registered Aboriginal business, or more than 50 per cent Aboriginal-owned, we encourage you to complete our Construction Business Register to have your business listed as interested in hearing about METRONET work opportunities.

For employment opportunities, keep an eye out on the JobsWA website for opportunities to work in various METRONET teams.

Keep up to date with our Quarterly Newsletter

Private Sector Reference Group

The success of METRONET and the precincts around the future stations relies on the public and private sector working together. To do this we are engaging with key members of WA’s housing related, urban development and property groups to provide advice on high-level planning issues.

The Private Sector Reference Group will help the team look beyond the station doors to issues relating to land value capture, development around station precincts, density and innovative land-use outcomes. The Group is made up of representatives from the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia, the Property Council of Australia, the Real Estate Institute of WA, the Housing Industry Association, the Master Builders' Association, the Australian Property Institute and Shelter WA.

The Private Sector Reference Group’s function is to:

  • Provide information to private sector stakeholders on the direction and progress of the planning of the METRONET Program of works (particularly in respect of station precinct development and land-use outcomes); and
  • obtain independent advice on key matters such as procurement, property development and commercial negotiation.

Industry is encouraged to liaise with their relevant group to raise concerns or hear more about METRONET’s projects.

Meeting topics

Meeting #1 – April 2018

In the first Private Sector Reference Group meeting, the METRONET Office provided an update on the Stage One projects, market analysis to determine development appetite for each precinct and early development of a precinct implementation strategy.

Meeting #2 – June 2018

2018-19 State Budget: The State Budget was the largest ever investment in WA rail Infrastructure and with $3.6 billion allocated towards new METRONET projects.

Forrestfield Airport Link delivery review: Works continue to progress in the development opportunities around Forrestfield and Redcliffe stations. The METRONET Office is working closely with the relevant local councils to maximise the opportunities the investment in transport infrastructure brings. More information on these development plans will be made available as they progress.

Level Crossing Removal – Denny Avenue: The confirmed solution for the Denny Avenue level crossing removal will be a road underpass and elevated rail at Davis Road in Kelmscott. The project is also an opportunity to revitalise and redevelop the Kelmscott Town Centre. Tenders for construction will be released in the coming months and construction will commence soon after the contract is awarded.

Meeting #3 – August 2018

Communications: Update on the approach to date and planned activities going forward was provided and METRONET video shared. In the past year of setting up METRONET the focus was on community and industry engagement. Leveraging on the projects in local areas, working with industry bodies such as ourselves and creating a digital space for communications were just some of the activities discussed. The challenges faced in promoting the benefits of development as well as the role we all have to play in sharing the message was discussed.

Project updates: Provided progress update on each project. Please sign up for project updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Providing the best outcomes in the various precincts: The Private Sector Reference Group provided the METRONET team with some thoughts on residential, commercial and industrial developments around the stations to be delivered under METRONET. METRONET and the Private Sector Reference Group will continue to work together to deliver the best outcomes.

Meeting #4 – October 2018

Social and affordable housing: METRONET is aligned with the Social and Affordable Housing Policy, and is covered under the Department of State Affordable Housing Action Plan. While this is State Government led, everyone across the public and private sector has a role in its delivery.

METRONET Aboriginal Engagement Strategy: The METRONET Office is currently developing an Aboriginal Engagement Strategy in consultation with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and relevant Noongar working partiesto ensure a consistent approach to Noongar cultural recognition, Noongar input into place making, Aboriginal procurement, Aboriginal employment and land access and sites management across all METRONET projects.

Construction industry business register: Construction and related companies interested in helping deliver METRONET infrastructure are strongly encouraged to fill in the METRONET Construction Industry Register, which will be provided to successful tenderers after contract award.

Meeting #5 – July 2019

Shelter WA presentation: Shelter WA Chief Executive Officer Michelle Mackenzie presented on recent developments in the community housing sector, the challenges and potential initiatives to address the yield gap in building social housing. Members were referred to some of Shelter WA’s recent housing data which can be found here.

Program update: METRONET Managing Director Anthony Kannis and Planning Director Glen Finn, provided an update on the METRONET Program and precinct planning activities and encouraged people to keep informed by registering for email updates on the METRONET website.

Meeting #6 - September 2019

Program update: METRONET Program Director Anthony Kannis provided members with an overview of the latest program and project activities including a high‑level summary of the recently announced Morley‑Ellenbrook Line alignment. Details of the new line are available here.

The METRONET program of works is expected to provide local businesses with significant opportunities. Information of the various packages of work will be released via TendersWA.

Construction industry business register: Construction and related companies interested in helping deliver METRONET infrastructure are strongly encouraged to fill in the METRONET Construction Business Register, which will be provided to successful tenderers after contract award. The register can be accessed here.

Access and Inclusion Reference Group

METRONET’s Access and Inclusion Reference Group will draw on their expertise and experience to provide advice into universal design features and impacts during the construction of new infrastructure and:

  • Provide input and suggestions on the design and useability of proposed stations and station precincts.
  • Assist promoting the METRONET projects, as well as both construction, road and passenger impacts, within personal and professional networks.
  • Assist in educating community members with a disability on how to access and navigate existing stations during construction, as well as the new stations and station precincts once complete.
  • Help identify possible opportunities for METRONET to use new technologies for the benefit of passengers and community members with a disability at METRONET stations and station precincts.

Access and Inclusion Reference Group members include:

  • Julie Waylen – State Manager, National Disability Services Western Australia
  • Samantha Jenkinson – Executive Director, People with Disabilities WA
  • Melissa Northcott - Disability Services Board
  • David Carrington - Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability
  • Christine Allen – Council of the Ageing
  • Imran – community member
  • Mark – community member
  • Jessica – community member
  • Jonathan – community member
  • Dylan – community member
  • Siyat – community member
  • Adam – community member
  • Elizabeth –community member
  • Joe – community member

AIRG Terms of Reference

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