Premier Colin Barnett and Planning Minister John Day today revealed the redevelopment, to be done in partnership with the City of Stirling, would focus on an area stretching 1.6km along the Scarborough beachfront and east along Scarborough Beach Road for 800m as far as Hinderwell Street.
Mr Barnett said the Government’s $30million investment in the area would revitalise one of the State’s most well-known and popular metropolitan beaches, making it a place for the whole community and visitors to enjoy all year round.
The Premier and Mr Day were in Scarborough today to mark the start of the project, formally opening an on-site office for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), which will manage the redevelopment. They also signed a Statement of Intent with City of Stirling Mayor David Boothman.
“Today signifies the start of the partnership between the State Government and the City of Stirling to make sure Scarborough really is one of Perth’s flagship beaches,” he said.
“Scarborough has always been a popular destination for tourists and beach lovers from all over Perth. It is one of Australia’s iconic beaches, but for many years, and for various reasons, it has become a bit run down.
“This project will deliver a new-look Scarborough Beach precinct that will be even more people friendly, and boost investment in this area.”
Mr Barnett said the Government’s contribution would act as a catalyst for private investment in the area.
“This investment will provide landowners with the confidence to progress their own development plans and encourage new businesses to Scarborough,” he said.
“Our initial investment is expected to attract about $180million from the private sector and local government. The flow-on effects of this revitalisation will be far reaching and felt by Scarborough residents and visitors.”
Mr Day said the next step in the project was the development of a planning framework for the precinct.
“In consultation with the City of Stirling and the community, a master plan will be developed to detail what amenities and works are needed to boost the area,” he said.
Mr Day said the new MRA office at Scarborough Beach would be open to take public suggestions to improve the area for families, tourists and beachgoers.
“From today, staff will be working from the new Scarborough office right on the beachfront. I invite local residents, visitors and business owners to drop by and share their views on Scarborough’s future,” he said.
Mr Day said many improvements would be made immediately.
“In the coming months, visitors will notice changes including access to free WiFi, lighting along the beach and in the trees, and public art that celebrates the area’s surf lifesaving history,” he said.
Much of this early work will be ready for the more than 80,000 people who are expected to descend on the beach next April for the 2014 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
“The timing of this announcement is perfect with the Surf Life Saving Championships fast approaching,” Mr Day said.
“In addition, the State Government has provided $150,000 to support the City of Stirling’s 2013-14 events program that will see a summer beach concert series, pop-up markets and other family friendly events.”
A Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee has been appointed to provide planning advice on local matters. The members include:
- Fiona Kalaf, MRA Board Member and CEO of Lifeline WA
- Stephanie Buckland, CEO of Tourism WA
- David Boothman, Mayor, City of Stirling
- James Hewitt, General Manager of Tourism Assets at RAC WA
- David Thomson, Community Representative and Surf Life Saving Member