The state government is set to unveil a design concept this evening for the Mulataga master planned community, considered a key plank of its $1.5 billion Karratha city of the North development.
Regional Development Mnister Brendon Grylls will unveil the design concept at a presentation tonight, joined by representatives from LandCorp and development group Mirvac.
The 168-hectare Mulataga project is expected to comprise more than 2,000 dwellings, a primary school, and retail and tourism areas.
The final design concept is the result of a three-day planning design forum held in Karratha, facilitated by urban designers and town planners Roberts Day, in conjunction with Mirvac and LandCorp.
“This forum, was vital in identifying what matters to the community and key stakeholders, and listening to some of Australia’s leading minds in the development area on the possibilities for the Mulataga community,” Mirvac Resource Partnerships general manager Evan Campbell said.
“We recognise the region faces a short- and long-term accommodation shortage, due to the booming resource-based economy, and while we want to start delivering homes as soon as possible, we want to make sure we get the development right.
Mr Grylls said the project was an important step in building up Karratha into a city capable of sustaining 50,000 people.
“Developing the first coastal residential estate at Mulataga is an ambitious undertaking and this week’s forum brought all the key players together to investigate ways in which this vision for Karratha can become a reality,” Mr Grylls said.
“We now have a clear picture of what matters to the local community, the sorts of things they want for Mulataga and the nature of issues we must overcome to deliver Karratha’s first coastal estate.”
Mr Grylls said LandCorp would work alongside Mirvac to fast-track the first stage of development at Mulataga.
First stage approvals are expected to be lodged by mid- to late-2012, with initial site works commencing before the end of the year.