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Gateway planning starting

PLANNING for Perth’s eastern gateway could begin as early as December.

The eastern gateway is the area near the Causeway including Police Headquarters and the WACA Ground.

The East Perth Redevelopment Authority, which has responsibility for the eastern gateway, is negotiating the purchase of about five hectares of land.

The land houses police headquarters, the old Metrobus depot and the Government Chemical Laboratories.

The police want to move their headquarters to a purpose-built facility that will allow the consolidation of their departments scattered around the CBD.

The old Metrobus site is abandoned and the laboratories are believed to be at the end of their useful life.

The buildings will be razed to make way for redevelopment.

EPRA CEO Tony Morgan said purchase negotiations for the Government-owned buildings were well advanced but would reveal no prices.

The authority will be engaging consultants for valuations and planning.

A master plan for the eastern gateways redevelopment is due for release in late 2001.

The Perth City Council has put its views to the EPRA.

Council favours taller buildings to take advantage of the Swan River and Queens Gardent views for the eastern gateway redevelopment.

Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass said the buildings should have street-level access to allow for retail development.

Council also wants “generous” landscaping included.

“We want to be able to balance the green areas of the Ozone Reserve,” Dr Nattrass said.

He wants some consideration given to converting the police headquarters building to residential use, given the successful transformation of the old tax office into the Duxton Hotel.

Some councillors believe the EPRA is only interested in “empire building”.

The authority’s subsequent plan to turn land in Arden Street, East Perth – earmarked for a park by council – to housing increased councillors’ anger.

However, Dr Nattrass said the EPRA had to become involved with the eastern gateway because it had statutory powers to redevelop WA Government land.

He said its efforts in the East Perth Redevelopment area guaranteed a good result for Perth’s eastern gateway.

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