THE West Australian Government yesterday released an improvement plan to help guide the transformation of the Stirling city centre into a more diverse, prosperous, and pedestrian-friendly centre.
The improvement plan allows state lands in the project area to be transferred to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and enables an improvement scheme to be established over the land in the future, giving the WAPC responsibility for strategic and statutory planning of the centre.
It follows the release of the draft Stirling City Centre Structure Plan in July that aims to transform the "dispersed, disjoined, suburban-scaled shopping area dominated by car parks and traffic, into an intense and well connected mixed use activity centre characterised by very high amenity for pedestrians, residents and workers."
The plan, which is both a statutory planning and guidance document, has a vision that:
"Stirling City Centre strives to become a sustainable 21st century city – a place for everyone. It will be a hub for a diverse and prosperous community offering well being for all."
Planning Minister John Day said the plans for the centre had the potential to increase Stirling's residential population and create up to 30,000 new jobs, assisting with decentralising Perth's employment, and providing affordable housing.
"The Stirling City Centre project is an important State Government urban regeneration initiative, which aims to deliver an integrated city centre near the Stirling train station and the Innaloo shopping strip," Mr Day said.
"The project is another example of how the Government is rejuvenating the metropolitan area and ensuring Perth is a sustainable and accessible city in line with the objectives of Directions 2031."
"This approach has the support of the Stirling Alliance, and if pursued, would involve further formal consultation with local government in accordance with requirements of the Planning and Development Act," the Minister said.
The Stirling City Centre Alliance is a partnership involving the council, State Government, the community and the private sector.