Young teen’s transport idea captures hearts

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Margaret River Senior High School student Charlie Hart with his social science teacher Alex Temby.
Camera IconMargaret River Senior High School student Charlie Hart with his social science teacher Alex Temby. Credit: Warren Hately

A bid to build a rail line to Augusta has been raised in State Parliament, thanks to a local high school student.

While in his social studies class, Year 8 Margaret River Senior High School student Charlie Hart was asked to create a petition, deciding to call for a rail line from Perth to Augusta where he lives.

Charlie said a rail line could reduce traffic, make travel safer, and be more economical.

“Many people would use the railway line, and it would bring in money to the State and create employment,” he said.

“More tourists will be attracted because it will be more affordable and convenient, and it would create links to more distant work and real estate.”

Charlie estimated the construction cost at $2.5 billion and garnered 37 signatures in support.

Warren-Blackwood MLA Terry Redman tabled the petition in Parliament earlier this month and said he supported the idea of using the parliamentary process to raise awareness.

“It is important everyone, particularly young people, understand their rights and ability to have a voice in our parliamentary system,” he said.

“The railway to Augusta sounds great, but is probably ahead of its time. Then again, other ideas that we thought were ahead of their time like electric cars are now challenging us all.”

Teacher Alex Temby said the petition read in Parliament was a strong example of what young people could achieve when they had a passion for an issue and had a chance to share their ideas.

“Charlie’s achievement is a great message to other young people that they have just as much of a right as anyone in the community to contact their representatives and have a voice in the Parliament,” he said.

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