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The Link, Riverside projects move ahead

26/11/2008 - 11:41

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The Liberal-National government has moved to progress two of Perth’s most important urban redevelopments - calling for public comments on plans for The Link and Riverside projects.

The Link, Riverside projects move ahead

The Liberal-National government has moved to progress two of Perth’s most important urban redevelopments - calling for public comments on plans for The Link and Riverside projects.

Riverside is bounded by Plain Street, Adelaide Terrace, the Swan River foreshore and Claisebrook Cove, East Perth.

The Link project involves sinking the Wellington Street bus station and the Fremantle rail line, from Perth station to Lake Street, opening up new land for development.

Planning Minister John Day today released the revised Riverside Masterplan and announced that scheme amendments for Riverside and The Link would be available for a nine-week public comment period.

“The revised masterplan for Riverside will transform Perth’s eastern gateway into a high-density, urban community with the creation of approximately 3,400 dwellings for about 5,800 residents and more than 30,000m² of commercial and retail floor space for about 1,700 workers,” Mr Day said.

“This project will provide exciting new residential and commercial opportunities for Western Australians.

“The original masterplan for Riverside was released in 2004. The new plan incorporates further input from stakeholders and considers new demographic information, expected population increases, improved sustainability initiatives and landowner proposals for their sites.”

The 40-hectare Riverside project is being delivered by East Perth Redevelopment Authority (EPRA) in collaboration with the City of Perth, WA Cricket Association, WA Trotting Association and Trinity College.

Under current plans The Link project would enable the development of 1,650 dwellings housing more than 3,000 residents and 244,000m² of commercial and retail floor space for approximately 13,350 workers. Plans for the 13.5-hectare Link site have been developed under a partnership between EPRA, the Public Transport Authority and City of Perth.

“The State Government sees Riverside and The Link as critical regeneration projects that will deliver much needed social and economic benefits to the community in the form of more housing, jobs and office space,” Mr Day said.

“The release of the scheme amendments is a significant milestone for these projects and they represent the final stage of planning before the start of further development works and release of land for sale.”

Forward works and land sales for the Waterbank precinct, the next phase of the Riverside project, will commence next year. Construction of the first stage of residential development in the Queens precinct (located between Hay Street and Adelaide Terrace) is already underway following land sales in 2006.

Stage one of The Link project has commenced with site works for the Perth Arena already underway. Works will begin in 2009 on the Milligan Street precinct, which will deliver the first development site.

Mr Day said the Riverside and Link projects would provide an opportunity for the state and private sector to work together to deliver benefits for the city’s future.

“The delivery of these projects will bring vitality and activity to these under-utilised areas of the foreshore and city centre, with a combined total investment of $2.75 billion expected by the private sector,” the Minister said.

Draft Design Guidelines have been prepared for The Link and the Waterbank precinct in Riverside to guide the developments and these are also available for public comment.

The Riverside Scheme Amendment and draft Waterbank Design Guidelines and The Link Scheme Amendment and draft Design Guidelines are available for community comment until January 28, 2009.

Copies of the documents and further project information can be accessed at http://www.riversideeastperth.com.au and http://www.thelinkperth.com.au or by calling EPRA’s Community Information Line on 1800 639 726.

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