Western Australia

Key findings on the future of local government in metropolitan Perth released

THE current local government arrangements in the Perth metropolitan area will not provide the best outcomes for the community into the future, and cannot and should not remain, according to the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel, in their Draft Findings paper that was released last week for public comment.

The independent Panel, chaired by former UWA Vice Chancellor Emeritus Professor Alan Robson, is tasked with considering the most effective local government structures, boundaries and governance models for Perth's future.

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Proposal to boost hotel and residential development in Perth CBD moves ahead

PERTH City Council has initiated an amendment to the City Planning Scheme No. 2 that proposes an increase in the maximum plot ratio across large parts of the city in order to promote hotel and residential development.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the proposed amendment, which reinforces the prominence of the CBD and distinguishes it from the remainder of the city, will be advertised for public comment prior to final adoption.

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WA Government awards early works contracts for Riverside and Waterfront developments

THE West Australian Government last week announced it had awarded a $22 million works contract for the Riverside project to Broad Construction and a $50 million early works contract for Waterfront to Georgiou Group.

The works for Riverside include site stabilisation and road works that will realign the existing slip lane from Hay Street to the Causeway; the construction of a new two-way road between Trinity College and the WACA; and re-opening Hale Street to private vehicles and two-way traffic.

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Perth's 'ultra-late' train trial to continue on Saturdays

THE West Australian Government will extend the trial of ultra-late Saturday night trains for a further 12 months but discontinue the Friday service.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell last week said the six-month trial of the 4am trains showed the Saturday service was significantly more popular than the Friday service.

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Rio Tinto gets the green light for $300m expansion of Wickham

A RIO Tinto plan worth more than $300 million to expand the Pilbara town of Wickham, 60 kilometres east of Karratha, has gained State Government approval.

Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett welcomed the project as an important investment by a major iron ore company in the future of the Pilbara and Western Australia.

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$105 million to address Perth CBD congestion

THE West Australian Government has released a plan that aims to address traffic congestion in and around the CBD as the city is transformed by projects including the Perth Waterfront development and Perth City Link.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Treasurer Christian Porter last week announced a $47.6 million 2012-13 Budget package to ensure the CBD had a sustainable transport network to accommodate major city projects and a growing population.

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Perth Waterfront design guide released

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week released design guidelines and new images of the Perth Waterfront project that aim to demonstrate the high standard of development that will be required across the precinct.

Mr Day said the images were derived from the detailed design work that had been undertaken over the past 12 months and provided an insight into how the public spaces would look once completed.

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WA Government unveils strategy to address industrial land shortfall

THE West Australian Government last week released the final Economic and Employment Lands Strategy: non-heavy industrial that aims to ensure ongoing economic development in the state.

Planning Minister John Day said the provision of sufficient and appropriate light to general industrial land in Perth and Peel was a high priority, adding that by 2031, it is predicted that there will be a shortfall of 3,000 hectares of land available for light and general industry.

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Design concept unveiled as part of $1.5bn plan for Karratha

THE development of Mulataga, a master planned coastal residential estate in Karratha, is a step closer following with the creation of a design concept following a comprehensive three-day design forum in Karratha.

Run in partnership with LandCorp and Mirvac, forum delegates explored the various issues and opportunities for the key project over a series of interactive group and technical sessions.

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WA Government gives go-ahead to Barrack Square upgrade

THE West Australian Government has approved plans to upgrade Barrack Square as part of the $2.6 billion Perth Waterfront project.

The newly established Metropolitan Development Authority (MRA) will develop a new Barrack Square place plan to guide the transformation of the area, which is expected to include new visitor attractions, events and improved public amenities.

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Proposals to improve Stirling Highway released by WA Government

THE West Australian Government last week released an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme to facilitate the improvement of Stirling Highway over the next 20 years for public comment.

The proposal by the Western Australian Planning Commission would amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme in the local government areas of Claremont, Cottesloe, Fremantle, Mosman Park, Nedlands and Peppermint Grove.

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WA Government announces new direction for State heritage

WEST Australian Heritage Minister John Castrilli has announced a new direction for State heritage, with changes designed to cut red tape and introduce greater transparency.

Mr Castrilli last week said owners of State Registered places would no longer be required by law to seek Heritage Council advice on maintenance and minor works to their properties.

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WA Government releases bicycle network plan

THE first comprehensive review of Western Australian cycling facilities in 16 years has prioritised the completion of the Principal Shared Path (PSP) network within 15 kilometres of the CBD, as well as new short-trip initiatives.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced the Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) Plan last week and said it was a response to the large take up in cycling across the state and would guide the development and implementation of cycling infrastructure over the next decade.

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