Western Australia

Mirvac selected for $1.5 billion Karratha project

THE West Australian Government yesterday announced the selection of Mirvac as the preferred proponent to develop the $1.5 billion Karratha City of the North project.

The project will see the development of multiple city centre sites and the creation of more than 1,500 dwellings at the new coastal suburb of Mulataga.

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Lend Lease selected as preferred developer for Waterbank site in Perth

THE West Australian Government this week announced that Lend Lease has been selected as the preferred proponent to develop the four-hectare Waterbank site, a key precinct in the $2.6 billion Riverside project in East Perth.

Planning Minister John Day said the decision is the culmination of a 15-month evaluation process that will see more than $1 billion of private sector investment in the next 10 years.

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Trial of late night trains begins in Perth

A SIX month trial of late night trains begins in Perth this weekend, with a 4am train service to operate on Friday and Saturday nights.

The extended weekend service was announced by Transport Minister Troy Buswell in June in response to a Facebook campaign. Previously, the last scheduled weekend trains left the city at 2.15am.

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$65m for Karratha city centre works

THE West Australian Government this week announced that it will allocate $65 million of Royalties for Regions funding to complete the first two stages of the Karratha City Centre Infrastructure Works.

With plans to transform Karratha into a city of up to 50,000 people, Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the funding reinforced the government's Pilbara Cities vision to revitalise key towns in the Pilbara.

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WA Government releases draft strategy for Mid-West

THE West Australian Government this week released for public comment a draft framework to guide future regional planning and infrastructure development in the state's Mid-West.

Planning Minister John Day said the draft Mid West Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework provided an approach to build on the characteristics and opportunities of one of the state's key economic and cultural regions.

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EOI called for $200m Perth Waterfront contract

THE West Australian Government yesterday called for expressions of interest (EOI) for a managing contractor to complete the design and construction of the inlet and its surrounding public space as part of the Perth Waterfront project.

With the contract estimated to be worth $200 million, Planning Minister John Day said the contractor would be appointed through a two-stage process that would involve rigorous assessment.

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Public input sought for Perth local government review

PERTH'S community is being asked to contribute to discussions on the future of the Perth metropolitan area as part of the Metropolitan Local Government Review Panel's examination of local government structures and governance models.

The review, announced by the government in June, is an independent analysis of the governance structure of the Perth metropolitan area. An independent panel, comprising Professor Alan Robson (Chair), Dr Peter Tannock and Dr Sue van Leeuwen, has been made responsible for the review and will produce the final recommendations.

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Draft Cockburn Coast master plan released

PLANS to transform an industrial area of Cockburn Coast into a vibrant coastal urban community of up to 10,000 people moved a step closer this week, with the release of a master plan for the area.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the formerly industrial-zoned land would be transformed into a thriving community with an exciting mix of commercial, residential and recreational activities.

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Plan for Stirling moves a step closer

THE West Australian Government yesterday released an improvement plan to help guide the transformation of the Stirling city centre into a more diverse, prosperous, and pedestrian-friendly centre.

The improvement plan allows state lands in the project area to be transferred to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and enables an improvement scheme to be established over the land in the future, giving the WAPC responsibility for strategic and statutory planning of the centre.

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Approval for $130m building in Perth

PERTH City Council has approved a $130 million, 15-level building in the central city at 374-396 Murray Street, predominantly featuring office space.

The proposed development will also include retail and café spaces on the lower levels which open onto Shafto Lane, as well as public bicycle parking and end-of-journey facilities.

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New Environmental Offsets Policy for WA

THE West Australian Government has released a new Environmental Offsets Policy that aims to ensure that economic and social development may occur while supporting long term environmental and conservation values.

Released on Tuesday by Environment Minister Bill Marmion, the policy seeks to promote consistent decision making and conserve important environmental and biodiversity values and provide certainty, predictability and transparency to government, businesses and developers.

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WA Government releases discussion paper as part of Heritage Act review

THE West Australian Government this week released a discussion paper outlining a series of proposals to form the basis of a new Heritage Act.

Releasing the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 discussion paper on Tuesday, Heritage Minister John Castrilli called on West Australians to help shape the development of the new legislation that will manage the state's cultural heritage.

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Draft WA guidelines for structure plans released

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day announced on Friday that new draft guidelines to address structure planning of land use and urban development issues are open for public comment.

The draft guidelines aim to standardise terminology and hierarchy of structure plans and provide assistance and guidance on the format and content of structure plans.

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