Closure of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s Armadale office won’t affect local projects, says CEO

Closure of Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s Armadale office won’t affect local projects, says CEO

THE Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) has closed its Armadale office, but chief executive Sean Henriques says it will not affect two big revitalisation projects in the area.

Staff have relocated to Perth after moving out of the Jull Street office on December 15, the organisation citing improved efficiency and the opportunity to reduce operating costs for the closure.

However Mr Henriques said the move would have no effect on the MRA’s two big revitalisation projects in Armadale and Wungong Urban, with the same planning and development services available to local developers and landowners.

“More than 1500 development applications have been approved by the MRA over the past five years, representing a mammoth $755 million dollar investment building the capacity of Forrestdale Business Park, new residential estates throughout Wungong Urban and other strategic development sites across the south east metropolitan region,” he said.

“The MRA has been working to implement a number of planning, regulatory and administrative reforms to improve the development process across our Armadale and Wungong Urban projects.

“We are working collaboratively with more than 200 landowners to facilitate higher density, mixed-use development, with a strong focus on delivering transit-oriented communities to service the 50,000 new residents expected in the area by 2020.

“The MRA is currently working to attract development partners to continue delivery of Champion Lakes, accommodate for future development west of the Armadale City Centre and support planning for future redevelopment of the Kelmscott town centre, including removal of the Denny Street level crossing as part of the State Government’s Metronet vision.”

The MRA is investigating options for the future use of the Jull Street office.

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