Aberdeen Street leads tunnel land renewal charge

WORK has begun on the WA Government’s $35 million redevelopment of land over the Graham Farmer Freeway Tunnel, with part of Aberdeen Street being turned into a demonstration road.

Over the next four months the street, between Fitzgerald Street and Russell Square, will be turned into an olive tree avenue to give the public an idea of how streets will look.

The Northbridge Urban Renewal project covers 27 hectares of land above and adjacent to the Tunnel bounded by Fitzgerald, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Lord streets.

Project manager the East Perth Redevelopment Authority is not likely to release planning guidelines until early next year.

Planning Minister Graham Kierath said first land sales were likely to take place in mid 2001.

Mr Kierath said the urban renewal is based on an urban village concept – where people live and work in the same area.

“I believe the urban sprawl of old has seen its last days,” he said.

“I want Northbridge to be more family oriented.”

Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass said the renewal would do wonders.

“I was on the Perth City Council committee that decided to name the precinct Northbridge when it was just the area north of the Horseshoe Bridge,” Dr Nattrass said.

“As a result of council works, Northbridge has blossomed. This renewal will add to that.”

Northbridge restaurateur Mal Bennett said the renewal would give Northbridge “another breath of fresh air. It’s going to bring a lot more people to the area, both in a commercial and residential sense,” Mr Bennett said.

“Northbridge needs more residential on its outskirts and this will bring that. Northbridge’s restaurants, cafes and other businesses can breed off them.”

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