What is urban renewal?

Urban renewal is about breathing new life into urban neighbourhoods. It involves creating communities with new residential and commercial opportunities, public open spaces, facilities and active places for people.

Why is urban renewal important?

In the words of Fred Kent, "Everyone has the right to live in a great place. More importantly, everyone has the right to contribute to making the place where they already live great.” Urban renewal transforms communities and creates places with...

environmental integrity

economic wellbeing

walking, cycling and public transit infrastructure

walking, cycling and public transit infrastructure

a strong sense of place

good infrastructure and land use

cultural and economic diversity

cultural and economic diversity

Our role

We are the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, many call us the MRA. We are the delivery arm of the State Government’s planning portfolio. 

With our own act of Parliament, a unique combination of legislative powers and strong partnerships with local government, private developers and a range of industry stakeholders we create places across metropolitan Perth that are authentic and that people want to engage with.

We believe that by starting with the place – its environment and location, history and culture and most importantly its people – that we can unlock the potential of an area and encourage local residents and visitors to Perth to engage with our city in new and exciting ways.

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Our redevelopment areas

Our projects span across the Perth metropolitan area and encompass more than 3,300 hectares of land in five redevelopment areas.

Map showing Armadale, Central Perth, Midland, Scarborough and Subiaco redevelopment areas

I respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this land on which we work, the Noongar people. I also acknowledge that Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

Kieran Kinsella, Chief Executive Officer, MRA

Our powers

We’re unique. We’re the only government organisation in Australia holding all three functions of:

  • Place Manager
  • Developer
  • Planning Regulator

There are three main legislative tools defining and guiding our operations:

  • The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Act 2011, which outlines our responsibilities and gives us strong legislative backing to plan, undertake, promote, coordinate and control the redevelopment of land in our project areas.
  • The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Regulations 2011, which explain matters prescribed in the Act such as fees, the required information for development applications and activities that do not require development approval.
  • Redevelopment Schemes, which establish the redevelopment area, define the use of the land and enable the preparation of other statutory planning documents.

We currently administer five Redevelopment Schemes covering East Perth, Subiaco, Midland, Armadale and Scarborough.

Our transformation of Perth

With 13 projects in five redevelopment areas our impact on Perth is far reaching and deeply transformative. From attracting billions in investment to creating enjoyable new places for business and leisure, the nature of our work ensures that the city thrives now and in the future.

Workplaces for 73,350 people

$3.76 billion of Government funding

Attracting $12.94 billion of investment into WA’s economy

3.55 million sqm of shops, restaurants, offices, businesses and industrial

Revitalising 2,735 ha of the city

29,485 new homes

29,485 new homes

A place to call home for 67,500 residents

1,186 hotel rooms

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    Our vision

    Dynamic, authentic and sustainable places for people to work, live and visit.