05/11/2008 - 08:39

WA govt on hunt for Alkimos partner

05/11/2008 - 08:39

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The state government has announced it is seeking a development partner for a major part of its landholding at Alkimos, 40 kilometres north of Perth.

WA govt on hunt for Alkimos partner

The state government has announced it is seeking a development partner for a major part of its landholding at Alkimos, 40 kilometres north of Perth.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said LandCorp would advertise widely to secure a partner with the capacity and willingness to meet or exceed the high social, economic and environmental development targets of the Alkimos project.

"The Alkimos Eglinton Masterplan area covers 2,600ha along 7.5km of coastline and is expected to house 50,000 people over the next 25 years, living in an innovative and self-sustaining community," Mr Grylls said.

"LandCorp will work in partnership with other landowners Eglinton Estates Pty Ltd, Peet Alkimos Pty Ltd and the Water Corporation."

The project will provide 40 per cent of the land required in Perth's rapidly-growing north-west metropolitan corridor.

Mr Grylls said the successful development partner would plan and develop up to 710ha of Landcorp's 900ha of urban-zoned land at Alkimos Eglinton.

"The developers will need to be mindful of the significant economic, community and environmental pressures to be addressed well into the future," he said.

"For example, Alkimos will provide a community-focused lifestyle with the accent on walking and public transport rather than cars.

"Its city centre will be developed around a state-of-the-art public transport network on Perth's northern suburbs railway with CAT-style buses providing a secondary system.

"This will be the biggest coastal development in Perth for more than 50 years and provides a rare opportunity for a developer to work with the Government to create a sustainable 21st century development.

"The Alkimos vision is to create a master-planned coastal community of global significance that is moving towards carbon-neutral living.

"The project will be developed on five strategic themes: green energy; smart water; community well-being, including employment; connectivity; and distinctive design."

Mr Grylls said Alkimos also had the potential to house a marina to cater for the growing demand for boating facilities.

Initial expressions of interest from prospective development partners close in December, followed by a request for proposal where detailed submissions will be required. Both phases will be subject to stringent and independent auditing.

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