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Morley makes moves to spruce up its image

THE revamp of Morley has begun, with the proposed relocation of the Bunnings operation set to free-up land for high-density residential and commercial developments.

Bunnings recently was granted approval by the City of Bayswater to move its outlet, presently located within the Westfield Galleria shopping complex on Collier Road, to a new, bigger site nearby.

Bunnings WA general manager Don Beisley confirmed the company was looking to acquire the new site to house another superstore.

Mr Beisley stressed Bunnings did not yet own the land and said the company was still in the midst of completing various processes.

“We are looking at acquiring the land as we would like to relocate our store,” Mr Beisley said.

“But, at the end of the day, if we do not acquire this land we will still be looking to build a superstore.

“It is part of our program to have another Bunnings superstore built in that area.”

He said the existing Morley store was very small, with a floorspace of only about 2000sqm.

A standard superstore had a floorspace of between 6000sqm and 8000sqm.

Another such operation in Morley would take the total number of superstores in WA to eight.

Mr Biesley could not estimate how much the new outlet in Morley would cost, but said the biggest superstore in Rockingham had a total outlay of $9.15 million.

The relocation is in line with the city’s Town Planning Scheme 23, which outlines plans to have Morley shake off its image as a light indus-trial area and transform instead into a thriving regional centre.

Developed as a joint venture between the Ministry of Planning and the City of Bayswater, the scheme focuses on the area surrounding the Westfield Galleria, dividing it into 12 precincts.

planning and development services director Kevin Sproat suggested once the Bunnings site was vacant there would be a great deal of space available for car parking at the shopping centre, which was likely to be extended in coming years.

“The Westfield Galleria has between 64,000sqm and 65,000sqm of floor space at the moment and they are allowed up to 86,000sqm without needing to go to the Ministry of Planning,” Mr Sproat said.

“It has been informally flagged that, in the future, they will expand over the 86,000sqm … meaning they will have to go to the Ministry.”

The Galleria precinct has been earmarked for the development of more retail outlets, offices, hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities.

Mr Sproat said streets in the immediate vicinity of the shopping centre had been earmarked for major residential and commercial develop-ments.

One such precinct is precinct six, which is bordered by Collier and Dewar Streets and zoned R80.

“This allows 80 dwellings per hectare of land. It is a high density zoning,” Mr Sproat said.

“Here, we are looking at a range of commercial uses such as showrooms and vehicle sales and services, food manufacturing as well as apartment and office blocks and multiple dwellings.

“It will be a mix of commercial and residential developments not dissimilar to those seen in Subiaco and East Perth.”

He said the city council had adopted the scheme with a futuristic view of Morley.

“Morley has a long-term history of being a light industrial area,” Mr Sproat said.

“We are hoping to change it by moving the light industries to Bayswater and Malaga and making the suburb of Morley a strategic centre where people can live, work and play.”

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