Western Australia

First meeting for Gascoyne Regional Planning Committee

THE West Australian Government's newly established Gascoyne Regional Planning Committee has met for the first time, as part of a new approach to regional planning.

The government announced the establishment of four new regional planning committees in the state's north last year (Kimberley, Pilbara, the Mid-West and the Gascoyne) to deal with major regional issues and projects and in order to provide leadership and focus for planning and decision-making.

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Rezoning at Cockburn Coast paves the way for an urban future

THE West Australian Government this week tabled in Parliament an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme that will rezone land in Cockburn Coast to allow for urban expansion.

The rezoning includes transferring approximately 91 hectares of land in North Coogee from Industrial to Urban, realignment and rationalisation of the Primary Regional Roads reservation and rezoning of the South Fremantle Power Station to Urban Deferred.

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WA Government seeks development partner for Eglinton residential project

WEST Australian Lands Minister Brendon Grylls this week announced that LandCorp is seeking a partner to develop the northern 120 hectares of its Eglinton landholding in an effort to help optimise land availability and meet the needs of the growing corridor.

The project will form the first stage of LandCorp's development of 241.57 hectares of land at Eglinton, east of Marmion Avenue, with Mr Grylls calling it an exciting partnering opportunity.

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City of Perth wins top planning award

A PLANNING project that sought 'wild ideas' from Western Australia's top urban design and planning professionals has taken out the nation's top planning award.

The project, titled 'What if - Ideas for the City of Perth', received the coveted Minister's Award at The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) National Awards for Planning Excellence announced in Hobart last week.

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New planning framework for Pilbara region

THE West Australian Government has released a draft planning and infrastructure framework to guide development in the Pilbara region and respond to the opportunities and challenges facing the region over the next 25 years.

The government hopes that the new framework will support the transformation of the region's communities and boost its status as one of the nation's key economic centres.

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WA Government to increase penalties for illegal heritage damage or demolition

PENALTIES for illegal demolition and unauthorised development of heritage-listed properties are to be significantly increased by the West Australian Government.

Heritage Minister John Castrilli and Planning Minister John Day have announced amendments to the Heritage Act that will see increased penalties of up to $1 million for illegal works and a $50,000 daily penalty for continuing offences.

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WA Government seeks public comment on draft rural planning policies

PLANNING Minister John Day has released for comment two revised draft State rural planning polices, saying they will better manage land uses and provide guidance for rural settlement.

The revised policies are:

  • State Planning Policy 2.5 - agricultural and rural land-use planning; and
  • Development Control Policy 3.4 - Subdivision of rural land currently guide planning decision-making on rural land.

Mr Day said the revised policies sought to address challenges and opportunities for rural land in Western Australia.

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Perth City Link moves a step closer as rail alliance partner announced

THE West Australian Government today announced the preferred alliance partner to sink part of the railway through Perth.

John Holland and GHD will undertake the $360 million rail project, involving funding support from all three tiers of government, as part of an alliance agreement with the Public Transport Authority (PTA).

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Rezoning of land for Perth Waterfront project on public exhibition

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day has released the Perth Waterfront Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendment for public comment.

The purpose of the amendment is to rezone the land necessary for the Perth Waterfront project from a range of infrastructure and recreation related reserves to a single Public Purpose Special Use reserve.

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Three developers short listed to help turn Karratha into a city

THE vision to transform Karratha into a regional city of 50,000 took a step forward this week with the West Australian Government announcing the short list of three developers to partner with LandCorp to help deliver the 'Pilbara Cities' plan.

Lend Lease, Australand and Mirvac have made the short list to develop up to five sites in the city centre and a premium coastal residential community of more than 2,500 dwellings at Mulataga.

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WA Government approves development proposals at York and Lancelin

TWO urban development proposals in the Wheatbelt have been granted final approval by Planning Minister John Day.

Amendment 93 in the Shire of Gingin will rezone 197 hectares of land, located approximately 2 kilometres south of Lancelin and known as Lancelin South, for urban development and conservation.

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WA Government commits to Perth Waterfront redevelopment

DETAILED design plans and a funding commitment from the West Australian Government for the Perth Waterfront redevelopment were announced today, with the project expected to be completed by mid-2014.

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said Cabinet had approved $270 million of funding for the Perth Waterfront Project in the 2011-12 State Budget.

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WA Planning Minister to establish fifteen Development Assessment Panels

PLANNING Minister John Day will establish 15 Development Assessment Panels across local government areas in Western Australia from July 1 this year.

The panels will comprise five members and determine applications of more than $15 million in the City of Perth and more than $7 million elsewhere.

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