Premier Colin Barnett today released the draft Scarborough Master Plan for public comment, proposing a $57.4 million redevelopment starting this year to provide more housing, a water playground, a park with skate facilities, community and function centre, new cafes, restaurants, kiosks and public art.
“The community told us they wanted to get closer to the beach and the new-look Scarborough will do just that,” Mr Barnett said.
“This will build on the area’s identity and provide visitors with an active foreshore that people of all ages can enjoy all year round.”
New lookouts, decking and boardwalks will enable better access to the beach while family friendly areas will provide green spaces, playgrounds, alfresco dining and event spaces.
“This unlocks Scarborough’s potential as a great place to live, visit and work,” the Premier said.
The new beach facilities and infrastructure improvements include high-quality showers and restrooms, more shade, seating, and opportunities for deck chair, umbrella and surfboard hire.
Planning Minister John Day said the Draft Master Plan outlined a vision to encourage private investment and development within the 100 hectare redevelopment area.
“We are looking for high quality developments that support the character of the area and enhance amenities for both residents and visitors,” Mr Day said.
“The plan encourages mixed-use development, increased density in appropriate areas and a range of accommodation options. More than 2,800 new dwellings and 26,000sqm of office and retail space is expected to be created in the area.”
The plan is open for public comment until March 3, 2015. Once adopted in mid-2015, foreshore works will start.
The $57.4 million revitalisation is being delivered by the MRA and the City of Stirling. Improvements already delivered include free WiFi, lighting of the clock tower, bronze surf lifesaver statues and funds to support local events.