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14 December 2011

Subi success a model for Perth's future renewal

  • Subi Centro
  • Project illustrates effectiveness of redevelopment authorities.
  • Free public exhibition showcases transformation of Subiaco.
  • Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to deliver final Subiaco vision.

THE effectiveness of the State Government’s redevelopment authorities in transforming neighbourhoods is celebrated in a public exhibition of the Subi Centro project.

Planning Minister John Day said over the past 17 years, Subi Centro had breathed new life into Subiaco which has become a popular inner-city destination for its lifestyle attractions, shopping and major commercial businesses.

“In 1994, the Court Government recognised an opportunity to redevelop more than 80 hectares of industrial and railway land in Subiaco,” Mr Day said.

“The project was designed to respond to the changes in the makeup of the community and provide more residential, retail and commercial development.”

The Minister said that, with Subi Centro more than 85 per cent complete, the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority had created a public exhibition and DVD that captured the history of the project from opportunity, through to vision and transformation.

“Subi Centro is an internationally-recognised example of transit-oriented development and is acknowledged as one of Australia’s best urban renewal projects,” he said.

“The State Government invested approximately $200million in the project which has been essential to get development off the ground and has helped to attract more than $950million in private sector investment.

“Subi Centro is an outstanding example of urban renewal which demonstrates the effectiveness of the redevelopment authority model where a single public agency has responsibility for planning and development as well as marketing and land sales.”

The Subi Centro project will be completed by the new Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority which comes into effect on January 1, 2012.

Reflections and Recollections of Subi Centro is on display at the Subiaco Arts Centre between 9am and 5pm from December 13 to 18, 2011.  Admission is free.

View the commemorative video footage - a full version and short preview are both available for viewing in the gallery.

Minister Day's media statement is also available on the Ministerial Media Statements website.