Property industry lobby groups have called for a bipartisan approach to maintaining stamp duty rebates in the apartments sector, after a robust debate in parliament yesterday revealed the Liberal opposition as a critic of the tax cut.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti’s decision to allow for higher density around Daglish and Shenton Park train stations has been described by the state opposition as chaotic and erratic, but the minister says any new development will be at an appropriate scale and respect the local character and context.
Developers have made progress on a pair of near-city apartment projects, with construction starting on a $15.5 million complex in Highgate by Momentum Wealth, while Willing Property has secured approval for its Clifton & Central project in Mount Lawley.
Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Group is heading back to the drawing board on its plan to redevelop Cottesloe’s Indiana Tea House, after the local community expressed little desire to see an architectural jury’s preferred design become reality.
Professional services and flexible office providers have provided a boost to momentum in Perth’s CBD office market, with the Property Council of Australia’s vacancy rate continuing to decline and top-quality office accommodation becoming scarce.
Construction has started on an $18.7 million redevelopment of Wellington Square, with a new playground and a raft of recreational facilities expected to significantly boost the amenity of the eastern end of the CBD.
UPDATED: ASX-listed apartments developer Finbar Group expects to start building its $300 million, 39-storey Civic Heart project in South Perth later this year, after Planning Minister Rita Saffioti superseded local planning authorities and approved the development.
Private companies and not-for-profit businesses play a prominent role in the West Australian economy, with annual revenue at the top 20 exceeding $32 billion, according to data compiled by Business News.
Perth housing values remained flat during January in contrast to most other capital cities, which experienced strong growth in December to finish out 2019 on a positive note, according a report from CoreLogic.
Closing the Perth City Deal, tackling homelessness and antisocial behaviour, and providing opportunities for population growth are expected to be the top challenges for a new chief executive of the City of Perth.