Western Australia

Extensive redevelopment of Fremantle's east moves a step closer

THE West Australian Government this week announced the approval on an amendment to the City of Fremantle local planning scheme, potentially paving the way for "extensive redevelopment" of Fremantle's east end.

Making the announcement on Monday, Planning Minister John Day said the planning scheme amendment would facilitate the redevelopment of the area as major transit-orientated development precinct.

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New Perth Stadium to be built by 2018 at Burswood

THE West Australian Government this week announced that Perth's new $700 million, multi-purpose stadium will be built on the Burswood Peninsula and is scheduled for completion in 2018.

The new Perth Stadium will have a capacity of 60,000 seats, with provision for future expansion to 70,000 seats, making it the third-biggest capacity stadium in Australia and the second largest AFL home stadium.

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Draft planning frameworks released for Greater Bunbury area

THE West Australian Government this week released planning frameworks to guide development of the Greater Bunbury area, as its population increases from 80,000 to an estimated 150,000 by 2050.

Planning Minister John Day said the draft Greater Bunbury Strategy would guide the management of the long-term growth of the area, while the draft activity centres policy outlines requirements for the development of new activity centres and the renewal of existing centres.

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WA Government introduces Bill to establish Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

THE West Australian Government last week introduced a Bill into Parliament that would allow for the creation of a new Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, saying it will have far-reaching benefits for Perth's future development.

According to Planning Minister John Day, the Bill would allow a new amalgamated metropolitan redevelopment authority to replace existing authorities in Armadale, East Perth, Midland and Subiaco, and also be responsible for the Perth Waterfront project. 

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Draft planning framework released for Central Perth

THE West Australian Government yesterday released the draft Capital City Planning Framework, aiming to transform Perth into a more liveable and vibrant international city.

The draft framework sets out a spatial strategy for Central Perth, the 12 kilometre by 12 kilometre area around the city centre and indicates how the objectives of Directions 2031 and Beyond and the Central Metropolitan Perth Sub-regional Strategy can be delivered.

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LandCorp invites expressions of interest for Rivervale release

WEST Australian Government agency LandCorp has called for expressions of interest (EOI) to develop the first release of lots at Rivervale, approximately 5 kilometres east of Perth.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the new residential and commercial estate would ultimately transform 14 hectares of under-utilised land next to the Swan River into a unique urban infill development.

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More funding provided for South Hedland revitalisation

THE South Hedland Town Centre Revitalisation is set to increase in scope following an allocation of almost $54 million through the West Australian Government's Royalties for Regions funding in the 2011-12 State Budget.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said in addition to $23 million already secured for Stage 1, the extra money will mean LandCorp and the Town of Port Hedland can now commence Stage 2 in late 2011.

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Structure plan for Greater Geraldton released

THE West Australian Government last week released the Greater Geraldton Structure Plan 2011, saying the Greater Geraldton area continues to be a key priority for the government.

Planning Minister John Day said Greater Geraldton was the focus of commercial and administrative activity for the Mid-West region and the structure plan provided a framework for coordinating development and managing the growth of the centre.

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WA Budget 2011-2012 released

THE West Australian Government last week released its Budget for 2011-2012, projecting an operating surplus of $442 million for 2011-12, saying it will deliver real changes to people's lives by transforming Western Australia through the provision of better services and major social infrastructure.

Housing, transport and the Perth City Link project all received significant funding, however the government said its Budget position was weakened due to "a substantial downward revision to property transfer duty revenue and a rapidly declining share of national GST revenue." Nonetheless, the government said its predicted surplus reflects the government's strong financial management.

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WA Government releases affordable housing strategy

THE West Australian this week released 'Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020: Opening Doors to Affordable Housing', a new strategy aiming to deliver long-term solutions to increase the availability of affordable housing.

The 10-year strategy aims to address housing affordability issues, particularly for those on low-to-moderate incomes, and provide at least 20,000 affordable homes by 2020.

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Perth City Link project moves ahead

DEMOLITION today commenced at the old Perth Entertainment Centre as the West Australian Government announced its commitment to the development plans for the site.

Premier Colin Barnett and major project land owner Seven Group Holdings (Seven) chairman Kerry Stokes joined Planning Minister John Day at the former entertainment venue to kick start demolition works.

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WA Government introduces State's first cultural heritage policy

WEST Australian Heritage Minister John Castrilli today released the State's first cultural heritage policy, saying the policy demonstrates how much the government values the State's heritage.

"This policy establishes a framework to ensure a secure future for significant heritage places," Mr Castrilli said.

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First stage of Whiteman Edge development begins in WA

STAGE one of the Whiteman Edge development, comprising 112 lots, commenced this week, with Housing Minister Troy Buswell turning the first sod.

The Whiteman Edge development site is approximately 20km north-east of the Perth CBD and opposite Whiteman Park.

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