Transformative City deal to create 10,000 jobs and re-energise Perth CBD

The new billion-dollar partnership

A new billion-dollar partnership between the City of Perth, Commonwealth Government and State Government has been finalised, unlocking numerous economic benefits and opportunities for the Perth CBD.

The $1.5 billion City Deal will re-energise Perth, bringing government and private investment into the CBD, creating almost 10,000 jobs and encouraging more people back into the city.

The Perth City Deal includes:

  • $695 million investment by the Commonwealth Government, State Government and Edith Cowan University, to move its law and business schools, along with the world class Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts into the Perth CBD, creating the State’s first inner-city university campus. More than 9,200 students and staff are anticipated on campus from day one.
  • $360 million investment from the State Government, Curtin University and Murdoch University to expand or establish new presences in the Perth CBD. Murdoch University will create a vertical campus and eSports Stadium linked with Singapore and East Asia, while Curtin University will build a CBD knowledge and innovation precinct.
  • $105 million has been allocated to the Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan to upgrade cycling and walking infrastructure, bus stop accessibility upgrades and enhance Roe Street. The centrepiece of this plan is the new Swan River Causeway Bridge.
  • A $20 million investment into the Perth Cultural Centre precinct will see immediate improvements in lighting, security, wayfinding and environment and the development of a longer-term vision for the space to become a place of destination for all visitors to the city.
  • $42 million to develop the Perth Concert Hall into a premier world class music venue.
  • Up to $100 million to redevelop the WACA and transform it into a state of the art sporting facility including an inner city swimming pool
  • $20 million for the East Perth Power Station to upgrade necessary infrastructure and improve connectivity to the site and surrounding areas while plans for redevelopment and preservation of the historic buildings and heritage progress.
  • $36 million to provide facilities, safety improvements and services for homeless people in the city.
  • $18 million for the creation of an Australian Space Robotics, Automation, and AI Command Control Complex to encourage start-ups, small businesses, and researchers supporting the development and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space.
  • $10 million towards a WA Indigenous Business and Employment Hub in partnership with the Wirrpanda
  • $4 million of funding to undertake a pre-feasibility study for an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to be located in Perth on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people.

Under this plan more than 25,000 students and staff will be brought into the city and the construction of the campuses will bring over $1 billion of investment to Perth’s CBD. It is estimated this will create more than 4,100 construction jobs and nearly 1000 ongoing direct jobs.

 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Perth would benefit for generations to come from the game-changing investment in education, culture, jobs and lifestyle.

“This is a JobMaker investment which will generate employment for thousands of hard-working West Australians, it will boost those businesses that are already in the CBD and it will drive new businesses to open,” the Prime Minister said.

“WA, like the rest of Australia, needs a targeted economic stimulus which will provide a boost now and into the future, and this is what we’re delivering.”

Premier Mark McGowan said the Perth City Deal will see more than $1.5 billion worth of investment into the Perth CBD unlocking thousands of local jobs and creating flow on economic benefits for small businesses.

“This City Deal has given us the unique opportunity to collaborate with the Commonwealth Government, universities and local businesses to help re-energise our capital city,” Mr McGowan said.

“We have worked to establish up to three university campuses in our CBD which will create up to 5000 direct and indirect jobs while re-energising Perth.

“This will have positive flow on effects for small businesses including retail, restaurants and bars while returning vibrancy to our capital city.”

Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said the City of Perth welcomes the announcement of the Perth City Deal as a transformative landmark deal between all three tiers of government.

“The City’s commitment includes $25 million toward the redevelopment of the iconic WACA, specifically funding the addition of a community aquatic facility, and $10 million toward the CBD Transport Plan to upgrade Roe Street and facilitate regeneration of the area,” he said.

“We look forward to working in partnership with the Federal and State Government and the wider community to bring the Perth City Deal to fruition and secure the future prosperity and liveability of our great city.”

 

Source: Mirage News

Improvement for messy intersection at Scarborough Beach Road, Main Street, Green Street and Brady Street

 

The ‘messy’ intersection

The “messy” intersection of Scarborough Beach Road, Main Street, Green Street and Brady Street is set to be improved.

The cities of Vincent and Stirling sought community feedback on Main Roads WA’s first draft design for upgrades to the intersection.

The proposed design features a roundabout at the intersection of Scarborough Beach Road and Green Street and upgrades to cycling routes, pedestrian infrastructure and landscaping.

The two-stage road crossing from westbound Green Street onto Scarborough Beach Road will be removed.

A safe right-turn option from westbound Scarborough Beach Road on to Green Street and a right-turn from eastbound Scarborough Beach Road to Brady Street will be provided.

There will also be a new shared path south of Scarborough Beach Road between Main Street/Brady Street, extended on-road cycle lanes along Scarborough Beach Road, a Green Street roundabout, a raised pedestrian crossing on Scarborough Beach Road and pedestrian green crossings at the Main Street traffic lights.

The one-way access into Birrell Street will be closed to accommodate the proposed roundabout.

The designs are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020, with either Vincent or Stirling building it.

The proposed upgrades come after Main Roads and the two councils installed new pavement markings and signage to provide a single lane entry into Scarborough Beach Road eastbound.

The draft concept design of the intersection.
The draft concept design of the intersection. Credit: Main Roads WA

Between 2015 and 2019 there were 85 crashes at the intersection of Scarborough Beach and Green Street, and 46 crashes at the intersection of Scarborough Beach, Main Street and Brady Street.

The $3 million project was funded by the State Government through a 2017 election commitment by Perth MLA John Carey and Balcatta MLA David Michael.

It was formed after community consultation by Mr Carey, letter drops and a community workshop in November.

Vincent Council voted to support the draft design and provide the community’s comments to Main Roads WA at its May 19 meeting.

This comes after Main Roads introduced an interim measure to funnel more traffic down Green Street, with additional signage and road-line markings.

Mayor Emma Cole said she was very happy with where the design had landed because it attracted a bit of scrutiny from the community when the City held a forum with Mr Carey last year.

The draft concept design of the intersection.
The draft concept design of the intersection. Credit: Main Roads WA

“I think it is going to be a fantastic opportunity to upgrade the pedestrian crossing at that intersection which is currently just a mess,” she said.

“It has just been a headache and a mystery for all these years for people that haven’t actually safely used this intersection and where to stop and who has the right of way.

“We will have the ability to do a right-hand turn from Scarborough Beach Road down into Brady Street which was an issue for local residents in Mt Hawthorn because you weren’t able to do a right-hand turn and you were getting a rat-run in residential streets.

“I think even the line-markings that have happened in the last few months has been helpful.”

A City of Stirling spokesperson said the City was generally supportive of the proposal.

“The intersection has been the subject of ongoing concerns for many years in relation to road safety issues and difficulties for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists,” they said.

“It is therefore considered to be a high priority project for the City.

“The upgrades will greatly improve safety and efficiency for all road users.

“It will also assist in eliminating several rat-running movements through local roads, which impact the local residents and cause further road safety issues.”

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said the project aimed to make the intersections safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists while minimising the impact on traffic congestion to and from Glendalough Station.

“The proposals also include major improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities at these two intersections whilst proposing parklets, tree canopy and upgrades to landscaping for a more vibrant and attractive public space,” he said.

“Proposed landscaping treatment include additional planting and landscaping around the Gibney Avenue cul-de-sac to improve the public area and shrubs in front of the currently vacant car dealership on the north-west corner.

“Together with the parklet on the north-east corner of the intersection and the enhancements at the Green Street roundabout, the project area will be transformed into an attractive, pedestrian friendly space.”

Mr Roberts said all feedback gathered from community consultation would be taken into consideration along with traffic modelling.

 

Source: PerthNow

Marmion park could get upgrade sooner thanks to COVID-19

 

 

Braden Park upgrade

Braden Park in Marmion could be getting an upgrade sooner than planned.

The Joondalup Council has identified the playspace renewal project could be brought forward for consideration in its 2020-21 budget in a bid to help generate local work following COVID-19.

The project had been flagged for 2022-23 with a budget of $110,000.

This included an upgrade of the play equipment, which could include a nature play area and associated works such as softfall, furniture, paving, and landscaping.

Braden Park in Marmion.
Braden Park in Marmion. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

However, a 165-signature petition in October regarding the project also requested the City take into account community-led feedback in the planning and design, which supported extra infrastructure such as a circuit for bikes and scooters, a basketball half court, exercise equipment, table tennis and more benches and paths.

Braden Park in Marmion.
Braden Park in Marmion. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

The City assessed these requests and officers suggested the upgrade could include installation of a 3-on-3 basketball pad, line markings on the existing paths to establish a “quasi bike skills track”, a path linking to the pedestrian crossing on Cliff Street and replacing the bench seats.

Braden Park in Marmion.
Braden Park in Marmion. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

Councillors therefore unanimously voted to list $140,000 for consideration during budget discussions, which would allow for the extra infrastructure.

Cr Suzanne Thompson said the play space was built 20 years ago and had been “very popular and very well used”.

“This is a good opportunity to give it another lease of life for another 20 years,” she said.

 

Source: PerthNow

Contract awarded for Bayswater train station upgrade, including new ‘Bayswater Bridge’

An artist impression of the aerial view of the new Bayswater station. Credit: Metronet

Bayswater Bridge

The Evolve Bayswater Alliance (Coleman Rail) has been awarded the contract to design and build the new Bayswater train station, which includes a new ‘Bayswater Bridge’.

The King William Street bridge has become something of a local legend, with just 3.8m of clearance meaning it is frequently struck by trucks.

According to a website which tracks how many days it has been since the bridge was hit, it has been the victim of four incidents already in 2020.

WA company Decmil has also been awarded a significant contract for the Bayswater project.

The alliance will design and build a new four-platform station and associated track, signalling, civil, drainage and overhead line works.

It will also build a rail turnback for the Forrestfield-Airport Link, a new bridge at the King William Street and Coode Street intersection, and make provisions to support a connection to the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.

An artist impression of the north side of the new Bayswater station.
An artist impression of the north side of the new Bayswater station. Credit: Metronet

With a total project budget of $253 million, the Bayswater Station project is set to support more than 350 jobs.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the Metronet projects would support the WA economy during the tough times ahead.

Borer Sandy, pictured at the Bayswater Station development, part of Metronet.

WA Premier Mark McGowan, Transport Minister Rita Saffiotti tour the site.

Picture: Simon Santi The West Australian
Borer Sandy, pictured at the Bayswater Station development, part of Metronet. Simon Santi The West Australian Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said Bayswater would become an integral transport hub for the State.

“The heritage precinct of Bayswater is ready to support the jobs and innovation the station redevelopment brings,” she said.

 

Source: PerthNow

Premier Mark McGowan says Tonkin Gap will fix WA’s biggest road bottleneck

Weeks away from signing the deal

Premier Mark McGowan says his government is weeks away from signing a contract for the construction of the Tonkin Gap.

“This is a massive road and rail project that will be part of the Ellenbrook rail line and also solve the biggest road bottleneck in WA,” Mc McGowan said.

More than 120,000 cars and trucks use the section of Tonkin Highway between Morley and Redcliffe each weekday, causing a headache for drivers.

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons said it was a well-known problem.

“Anyone who travels this route every day knows how congested it gets and the sooner it is completed the better it will be for all those travellers.”

The works, which are expected to create 3000 jobs, will mean the widening of Tonkin Highway to three lanes between Perth Airport and Ellenbrook, as well as the construction of new bridges over the Swan River (Redcliffe Bridge) and Guildford Road and interchanges at Guildford Road and Great Eastern Highway.

The median strips between Bayswater and Malaga will also be prepared to facilitate the Morley-Ellenbrook line.

Tonkin Gap Alliance has been selected as preferred proponent to build the Tonkin Gap project and associated works for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line, marking another step forward for Western Australia’s infrastructure works program.

Mr McGowan said the project was part of a pipeline of major road projects – worth an estimated $2.37 billion which would create more than 13,000 jobs.

“In times like these it’s important we continue to progress the projects that will provide work for local businesses and keep workers in their jobs – this will ultimately support the state’s wider economy.”

 

Source: PerthNow