Western Australia

Board announced for Perth's Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day this week announced the appointment of the inaugural board of the new Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA).

Mr Day said the MRA, which will commence on 1 January 2012, would become one of the key elements of the planning system in Western Australia.

"Key redevelopment projects within the Perth metropolitan area such as the Perth City Link, Perth Waterfront, Riverside and the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre will come under the MRA," he said.

"The establishment of this authority is an opportunity to build on and continue the success of the redevelopment authority model within Perth."

The new MRA will replace existing authorities in Armadale, East Perth, Midland and Subiaco. The government expects that the new amalgamated authority will result in long-term efficiencies and greater flexibility and remove duplication of functions.

The board will comprise Eric Lumsden (chair); Donald Humphreys (deputy chair); Gary Prattley; Cr Carol Adams; Ms Fiona Kalaf; Charles Johnson; and Dr Fred Affleck.

The Minister said Mr Lumsden had extensive planning experience with both State and local government and brings exceptional leadership qualities to the board.

"This board has brought together exceptional individuals with enormous expertise in urban planning and development; place-making; investment attraction; policy; and administration," Mr Day said.

The board also includes a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission, a member with local government background and five others with relevant qualifications and outstanding track records in their respective fields, according to Mr Day.

Legislation to establish the MRA, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Bill 2011, was introduced to Parliament in June and later passed by both houses of Parliament. It received Royal Assent last month.

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