PLANS to create one of Australia's best beachfront destinations have moved ahead after the release this week of the draft Scarborough Master Plan, which provides the framework for a $57.4 million redevelopment and identifies opportunities for new housing and entertainment and leisure facilities.
The release of the draft Master Plan, which is a collaboration between the State Government's Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the City of Stirling, follows the gazettal of the Scarborough Redevelopment Area in July 2013 and the approval of an Interim Redevelopment Scheme in July last year.
Planning Minister John Day said the draft plan outlined a vision to encourage private investment and development within the 100-hectare redevelopment area, including more than 2,800 new dwellings and 26,000 square metres of office and retail space.
"We are looking for high quality developments that support the character of the area and enhance amenities for both residents and visitors," Mr Day said.
The draft Master Plan proposes the creation of four new destinations to support visitor attraction and destination development, including:
- Scarborough Square – the natural heart of the redevelopment, anchored by existing and new food, beverage and retail outlets and programmed to support ongoing daily and seasonal activity;
- Sunset Hill – featuring a modern, multi-generational park, anchored by retail and an iconic green hill that connects the uses to the beachfront;
- Scarborough Clock Tower – a friendly and engaging welcome to the beachfront; a visual and physical gateway to Scarborough and connections with key activity hubs; and
- The Beach Hub – featuring a redeveloped Surf Lifesaving facility, a flagship bar / restaurant and all season play facilities.
It also proposes the development of a retail/commercial main street that accommodates new businesses, enhances view corridors and focuses on active transport, as well as a reconfiguration of car parking in selected locations to accommodate pedestrian access east to west and improve public amenity.
Other components of the draft Master Plan include decked walkways and beach lookouts, as well as enhanced landscaping, viewing areas and public amenity such as seating, shade, barbeques and shelter.
The Scarborough Master Plan is open for public comment until 3 March 2015. Foreshore works are due to commence once the plan is adopted, which is expected in mid-2015. The State Government is contributing $30 million to project, with the City of Stirling providing $27.4 million.