View of the Swan River, road bridge and buildings from the second storey window of East Perth Power Station.
6 May 2019

East Perth Power Station redevelopment takes major step forward

  • East Perth Power Station

Redevelopment of the iconic East Perth Power Station has taken a significant step forward, with $30 million of the upcoming State budget allocated towards carrying out long-awaited site works.

Funding will go towards de-constraining the site of the energy infrastructure that currently services the Perth CBD, including a gas pressure reduction station and Western Power's electricity switchyard, as well as undergrounding the transmission line along the foreshore.

Premier Mark McGowan said the power station site provided a unique opportunity to create something special for our State.

"Many people have expressed to me a strong interest in revitalising this site and bringing life to this end of town, there are so many opportunities here,” he said.

"I'm glad we can now give the private sector certainty to get this redevelopment going and create jobs in WA."

The timing and scope of the site works will be finalised later this year following consideration of the final feasibility studies.

The 103-year-old East Perth Power Station ceased operating in 1981 and is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places.

It is envisaged a future development will celebrate the heritage of the former power station building, provide public access for the community and ensure there are social and cultural benefits for Western Australians.

The 8.5-hectare site also provides the opportunity to create a new METRONET precinct around East Perth station with new housing opportunities, improved access to public transport and better connectivity with the Swan River.

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