Western Australia

Developer shortlisted for Perth City Link project

A CONSORTIUM comprising Leighton Properties and Mirvac has emerged as the frontrunner to develop the Perth City Link, the West Australian Government announced last week.

Planning Minister John Day said the State Government had carried out an extensive evaluation process to develop more than five hectares of land at the Perth City Link, incorporating new office, retail and living spaces and creating a significant inner city project.

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Draft Gascoyne Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework released

THE West Australian Government last week released for public comment the draft Gascoyne Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework that aims to guide planning for future development in the region.

Planning Minister John Day launched the framework at the Planning Institute of Australia's annual Minister's Lunch and said it outlined a coordinated approach to future land use and regional infrastructure planning.

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Three landmark projects launched in Karratha

WEST Australian Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls last week launched three key projects that aim to help transform the Karratha town centre into a major central business district, as part of the government's Pilbara Cities initiative.

The new projects include a $150 million high-rise apartment development, a $65 million upgrade to the city centre's street network and the development of a new Hilton hotel.

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WA Government proceeds with assessment of container port options

THE West Australian Government last week said it is proceeding with a comprehensive assessment of the planning, environmental, transport and community issues associated with container port options in the coastal area from Naval Base to James Point.

According to the government, research has identified the coastal area from Naval Base to James Point in Cockburn Sound as the most suitable location for additional container-handling port facilities.

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New CEO appointed to Perth's Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week announced that Kieran Kinsella has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the recently established Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).

Mr Day said that Mr Kinsella, formerly chief executive officer of the Midland Redevelopment Authority, would bring to the role considerable experience in planning, development and Government activities.

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'Local government partnerships critical to solving Perth's affordable housing crisis'

A DIRECTOR of multi-disciplinary design house HBO+EMTB, Gustavo Thiermann, this month said the solution to Perth's housing affordability crisis lies in firm partnerships between local government authorities and developers.

Mr Thiermann was a member of a Q&A panel in Perth, which also included Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, Tourism WA Development Director Daniel Sweet and Homebuyers General Manager Greg Carter, that was quizzed by members of Perth's real estate and development community.

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Work to start soon on Butler station in Perth

AS part of the $240 million, 7.5 kilometre extension of the Joondalup rail line, the West Australian Government last week announced that work will soon commence on the $22 million Butler Park 'n' Ride Station.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said local construction company Cooper and Oxley had been awarded the contract to build the new station, which is expected to be ready in time for services to start on the Butler rail extension in late 2014.

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Perth Waterfront named Elizabeth Quay

FOLLOWING last year's Royal Visit during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Perth Waterfront precinct has been named Elizabeth Quay in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her Diamond Jubilee year.

Premier Colin Barnett said it is "only fitting that the area which is currently being transformed into an exciting and inclusive precinct for all West Australians should honour The Queen."

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WA Regional SuperTowns receive almost $80m funding

WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett last week said the State's nine SuperTowns will receive almost $80 million in funding to upgrade community facilities, undertake environmental works, develop new investment opportunities and position them for future growth.

New small business opportunities, waterfront development and revitalised town centres are among the projects to receive the Royalties for Regions funding.

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Pilbara's first high-rise development opens in Karratha

FOLLOWING 13 months of construction, the Pilbara's first high-rise building, a $125 million, 10-storey building, was officially opened last week in Karratha.

Named Pelago West and developed by Finbar Group Limited, the building features 114 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, common entertaining and lounge areas, a children's playground, undercover parking and retail shops.

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WA Government releases CBD land for hotel development

IN a move that aims to help ease Perth's shortage of hotel rooms, the West Australian Government last week announced the release of two city sites for hotel development.

The land, located in the east end of the city, comprises FESA House at 480 Hay Street and the Perth Chest Clinic, located behind FESA House on Murray Street.

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WA Government releases 2012-13 Budget

THE West Australian Government last week handed down its 2012-13 Budget, with Treasurer Christian Porter announcing a surplus of $196 million and economic growth of 4.75 per cent for 2012-13, down from $484 million and 6 per cent recorded in 2011-12.

"The WA economy is currently outperforming the rest of Australia," Mr Porter said, adding that while business investment is strong, particularly in the resources sector, the state faces a challenging revenue and fiscal outlook.

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WA Government announces major funding boost for cycling infrastructure

THE West Australian Government will allocate $28 million to improve cycling infrastructure in its upcoming 2012-13 State Budget

Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Treasurer Christian Porter last week announced the additional funding would be used to improve Perth's principal shared path network within a 15 kilometre radius of the Perth CBD and increase bicycle network grants across the State.

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