3 Oceans Proposal for two towers on Scarborough's beachfront was rejected by the MRA last week. Image: Hillam Architects

Disputed claims over Scarborough knock-back

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has disclosed that the majority of public submissions on the $450 million Iconic Scarborough development supported the project, but said all government agencies and utilities it consulted, with the sole exception of Tourism WA, opposed it.


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Build it! It's magnificent! Certainly architecturally innovative enough to be world class, and it provides well over the expected level of public amenity. Lord knows Main Roads won't fix West Coast Highway properly (by building a tunnel) so the pedestrian bridge is a great idea. The top floor lookout will also be an amazing attraction. Underground car parking too, which is a much needed bonus, not to mention the array of restaurants that would accompany. If our leaders are serious about Scarborough and urban infill, then this development is a no-brainer and will prove critical to the overall success of the Scarborough precinct.

I have a property in Filburn Street next to the development. Every city in Oz has some similar development next to the beach. Perth needs one such area for all of Perth and tourists to enjoy. We have masses of beach but no hub facility. This is one of the best designs in the country and would become iconic. The planning decision is ludicrous and planning by committee; it misses the big picture and long-term benefits to Perth.

The MRA board has taken a very conservative stance. A 'no' decision was safe, but not brave or visionary.

Very concerning that government agencies are stifling development at a time when WA desperately needs investment. I think that bureaucracy needs real KPIs to ensure they are truly delivering on their assigned outcomes and purpose. Why is it in the east coast development is embraced and our major investors choose the east over the west? This is very frustrating for groups that believe in WA and want to support the state as the cost associated with these unnecessary delays are serious. Let's wake up and make this a state of 'can do' and not at best 'wait a while'.

Scarborough, WA
The MIXED USE building would consolidate the impact of the foreshore redevelopment and support its intent on transforming the decades of neglect into a vibrant beach hub!

Wembley Downs
Very disappointed that all local government authorities appear to want to keep Perth in the”dark ages”. Where is the WOW Factor? Perth is a city that needs development and jobs.

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