Western Australia

Nine developers express interest in transforming Karratha

A TOTAL of nine Australian and international property developers have formally expressed interest in taking on a project that sets in motion a plan to transform Karratha into a city of at least 50,000 people, according to a statement released by the West Australian Government on Wednesday.

The nine groups have applied to develop up to five parcels of land in Karratha's city centre totalling almost six hectares and a further 160 hectares of residential land at coastal Mulataga.

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Port Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant to be relocated and replaced with housing

REGIONAL Development Minister Brendon Grylls and Water Minister Bill Marmion yesterday announced a $106 million project to relocate the Port Hedland Wastewater Treatment Plant, clearing the way for the development of around 2,500 new residential dwellings.

Mr Grylls said the relocation of the treatment plant from the 75 hectare East Port Hedland site to allow for residential development was among the most significant announcements yet in the State Government's Pilbara Cities vision.

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Cottesloe town planning scheme modifications to be readvertised

The Town of Cottesloe's Draft Local Planning Scheme No.3 is to be readvertised with modifications requested by West Australian Planning Minister John Day.

Mr Day said he had accepted advice from the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) in requesting the modifications, which sought to facilitate redevelopment opportunities and enhance the popular foreshore area.

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WA Government announces progress on Perth's City Link project

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day and Seven Group Holdings (Seven) chief executive officer Peter Gammell this week announced that the demolition of the Perth Entertainment Centre will begin in early 2011, setting in motion the Perth City Link project.

Mr Day said the Entertainment Centre, which has been vacant since 2002, sits on an integral area of land within the Perth City Link project which would reconnect the city centre with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years.

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Mandurah Junction development takes a step forward

A NEW residential, retail and commercial development next to Mandurah train station has taken a step forward, following the approval of the Outline Development Plan (ODP) by the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Mandurah Junction aims to capitalise on its location next to the Mandurah train station by providing a range of housing types that focus on diversity, affordability and sustainability.

The 15 hectare site is located between Fremantle Road and the train line. Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said that when complete, the site should include 950 homes and 9,500 square metres of retail and commercial space.

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Draft Greater Geraldton Structure Plan Update 2010 released for comment

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week announced the release of the draft Greater Geraldton Structure Plan Update 2010 for public comment. The draft structure plan is intended to update the existing Greater Geraldton Structure Plan (1999), which forms part of the Geraldton Region Plan (1999).

Mr Day said the draft plan maintained the same boundary as the existing structure plan and provided renewed focus on urban areas and areas likely to experience development pressure within the City of Geraldton-Greenough and the Shire of Chapman Valley.

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Shotts Industrial Park gets planning approval

A TOWN planning scheme amendment and structure plan has been approved to create the Shotts Industrial Park, seven kilometres east of the Collie town centre.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the government, through LandCorp and the Department of Regional Development and Lands, remained on track to transform the former Shotts townsite into a 235 hectare heavy industrial park.

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New WA planning legislation in operation this week

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day this week announced that new reforms aimed at improving and streamlining the planning approvals process became law on Monday.

The Approvals and Related Reforms (No.4) (Planning) Act 2009 provides additional tools with the aim of making the WA planning system more transparent, consistent and efficient.

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WA Government proposes 'harsh' penalties for illegal works on heritage-listed properties

THE West Australian Government last week proposed amendments to the Heritage Act and the Planning Act that would increase penalties to up to $1 million for illegal demolition and unauthorised development of properties.

Heritage Minister John Castrilli said the existing penalties for illegal works on heritage-listed places in Western Australia were extremely low and provided little deterrence to deliberate destruction.

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6-storey development at Innaloo approved by Minister

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week tabled his conditional approval in Parliament for a six-storey retail and commercial development at Tassels Place in Innaloo.

The Minister had called in the review application from the State Administrative Tribunal that was lodged by the developer, Georgiou Capital Pty Ltd.

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WA Planning Minister announces review of Residential Design Codes

PLANNING Minister John Day yesterday announced a two-year review of the Residential Design Codes - also known as R-Codes.

"This review will assess the current effectiveness of the R-Codes to ensure the policy remains relevant and effective for all residential development within Western Australia," Mr Day said.

Mr Day said he hoped the outcome of the review will be "simpler, more straightforward content and more efficient application of the R-Codes."

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WA Planning Commission updates sea level rise value

THE Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) has updated the sea level rise value for use in coastal planning, making Western Australia consistent with the policy positions of other States.

Planning Minister John Day said the WAPC had adopted a Policy Position Statement which reflected a more up-to-date figure, resulting in a revision from 0.38 metres to 0.9 metres by 2110.

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WA government releases new activity centres policy to support Directions 2031

THE West Australian government has released a new activity centres planning policy to encourage the evolution of strategic shopping centre sites into community-focused town centres.

Planning Minister John Day said the Activity Centres policy would support the implementation of the objectives outlined in 'Directions 2031 and beyond', the spatial planning framework released earlier this week.

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