Port Kennedy go ahead

DEVELOPMENT is scheduled to re-start at Port Kennedy south of Perth following the assignment of the project rights to Western Australia Beach and Golf Resort (WABGR).

The development will include key public recreation and tourism infrastructure as set out in the original project proposal.

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the assignment was conditional on WABGR proceeding with the project as currently approved without any changes to the State agreement.

WABGR, which is fully owned by Pac Asia Holdings, has had to provide a bond of $1 million to secure completion of the priority works.

“We have been able to negotiate a solution that addresses growing community and investor concern over the future of the project,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“WABGR has accepted all the Government’s conditions and has committed to working with the State, the City of Rockingham and the local community to ensure that the objectives of the State Agreement are realised.

“Local developer Mirvac Fini will manage the project which is proposed to be constructed on Crown land at the southern end of Warnbro Sound.

“Under the agreement the total project involves developing two golf courses, tourism accommodation including villas and apartments, a marina and a town centre for Port Kennedy.”

Anti-theft campaign

THE State Government has launched a pilot program to target theft and vandalism on building sites.

The Site Secure campaign is a partnership between the north-west metro district of SAFER WA, the Master Builders Association, the cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and local police.

“Theft from building sites is becoming increasingly common and it is costing builders and in many cases causing building delays,” Premier Geoff Gallop said.

“Ultimately the costs of theft and vandalism are passed on to the home owners and the community in general in the form of bigger construction and insurance bills.”

Under the pilot program, Site Secure signs will be placed outside selected homes with a 1300 number to call for anyone who witnesses suspicious behaviour.

WAC view upheld

THE Commissioner of State Revenue has ruled to uphold Westralia Airports Corporation’s (WAC) formal objection of a $40.4 million stamp duty assessment made against it by the Office of State Revenue.

WAC chief executive officer Graham Muir said the decision would remove the uncertainty that had affected the company’s plans to operate and further develop Perth airport.

“WAC is now able to move forward with its development plans for Perth airport, without the threat of this liability,” he said. “However, WAC is still disappointed that its formal objection to the stamp duty assessment notice took seven months to be determined.”

WAC maintains the Government should review and amend the assessment process used by the Office of State Revenue (OSR).

WAC claims it was initially issued with a $67.5 million assessment, which was later reduced to $40.4 million after WAC identified some errors in the notice.

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