Ground breaks on first development approved under historic planning reforms

Ground breaks on first development approved under historic planning reforms
Monday 26 July 2021

Eleven job-creating projects worth more than $350 million approved through significant development pathway.

Eleven job-creating projects worth more than $350 million have been approved through the State Government's significant development pathway to help support Western Australia sustain its economic recovery.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti was onsite in South Perth to turn the sod on a $40 million 15-storey apartment tower that will support 50 local jobs.

Located on Parker Street, and to be constructed by Built, the apartment development was designed with input from the owners of the site's former townhouses to give residents an opportunity to age in place.

The temporary development assessment pathway through the Western Australian Planning Commission was established last year as part of the McGowan Government's package of planning reforms to drive economic recovery by streamlining the assessment of shovel-ready, job-creating projects.

Construction will soon commence on two other significant developments - a $50 million LNG plant in Mt Magnet and the $32.5 million State Football Centre in Queens Park.

These projects will be followed by two residential aged care facilities, a student accommodation facility, a shopping centre and a hotel, creating local jobs during construction and in ongoing operations.

A further 10 applications worth a total of $1.5 billion are currently under assessment and discussions are also underway with another 28 proponents on a range of commercial, retail, residential, regional tourism and industrial projects.

Since opening last July, 70 proponents have expressed interest in the pathway demonstrating development industry need for the streamlined assessment process, particularly for complex projects. 

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