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Going public on eastern gateway plan

PLANS for the Perth CBD’s eastern gateway will be announced to the public at 11am on July 7 at Queens Gardens. The public will then have three months to make comments on the plans.

A major part of the project is likely to be a Swan River inlet, similar to the one at Claisebrook Cove, which will boast a marina and restaurants.

The eastern gateway project – on around 40 hectares bounded by Adelaide Terrace, Plain Street and the WACA Ground and to be managed by the East Perth Redevelopment Authority – will give land to the west of the Causeway a facelift.

It will involve the redevelopment of the three WA Government-owned buildings on Hay Street – the Police Headquarters, the WA Chemical Laboratories and the old Metrobus depot –that sit on five hectares the EPRA will ultimately own.

The Police Headquarters building will be retained because it has been given a heritage listing.

City of Perth councillors will be given a bus tour of the area on July 3.

Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass said the eastern gateway plan would involve an inlet to the north of the Causeway that will be similar to the one at Claisebrook Cove.

“The over-riding philosophy of the plan will be to try and maximise the advantage gained from Queens Gardens,” he said.

“I am also pleased the Police Headquarters building will be retained because it gives great opportunities for some landscaping there feeding into the greenery on the other side of Adelaide Terrace near the Woodside building.”

It is understood the bulk of the development within the eastern gateway redevelopment area will be of a mixed-use nature.

It is believed the Police Headquarters building will be the maximum height for redevelopments within the area.

However, work on converting the cornerstone Police Headquarters to a hotel or residential uses – the two most likely uses for the building – is not likely to begin until early to mid 2003.

EPRA chief executive officer Tony Morgan said the final sale of the Police Headquarters had not been finalised.

While the WA Police Service is happy to leave the building, it has not yet decided where it will move its main headquarter functions.

The EPRA has placed a resumption order on the building and is still in negotiation with the WAPS.

WAPS director of asset management Alex Taylor said it was an issue of timing.

“For us to move from this site we need to move to an alternative premises. It’s a matter of working with government and treasury to make that happen,” Mr Taylor said.

“The bottom line for us is that the sale price the police will get from this site is not sufficient to pay for the construction of a new police headquarters.

“We hope to have the issues resolved for the 2003-04 budget year.”

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