Western Australia

New website launched to help shape the future of Scarborough Beach

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week invited the public to have their say on the look of the new Scarborough Beach via a new website that asks users a series of questions about what they like, don't like and what improvements they want to see in the area.

Mr Day said no idea was too big or too small and encouraged the community, tourists and visitors to take part in planning for the $60 million revitalisation project that aims to create a new nationally significant beachfront precinct, including new public facilities and private development.

"All ideas and feedback submitted through the 'Scarborough Views' website will be considered in the development of the Scarborough master plan," Mr Day said, adding that ideas can include practical things such as more shade, seating and recreational facilities, new attractions or single big ideas to help 'put the beach on the map'.

"For generations, West Australians have had a love affair with Scarborough and its beach lifestyle. Now we want the public's help to make Scarborough an even better place to live, work and visit. All ideas are welcome and can include practical things such as more shade, seating and recreational facilities, new attractions or single big ideas to really put the beach on the map," the Minister said.

Short-term improvements are expected to be completed in time for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in March 2014, including the installation of free Wi-Fi, new lighting on the clock tower and a bronze public art piece.

"The nearly $60 million revitalisation of Scarborough will draw on the beachfront's unique identity to create a dynamic destination with a range of restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as daytime and evening events and activities for people of all ages," Mr Day said.

Mr Day said the City of Stirling had previously considered a range of options for redeveloping the foreshore and that all feedback received would build on the good work done to date.

The Scarborough project is being delivered by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, with $30 million from the State Government and nearly $30 million from the City of Stirling. The master plan is expected to be finalised by mid-2014, with works to commence shortly after.

The 'Scarborough Views' website is available at <http://www.scarboroughviews.com.au/> until 6 January 2014. More information is also available from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority website <http://www.mra.wa.gov.au/>.

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