MIRRABOOKA has been labelled Perth’s “sleeping giant” with more than $25 million invested in the north-eastern suburb and major State Government land deals nearing finalisation.
City of Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano used the analogy while speaking to Australian business leaders at a mayoral breakfast last Tuesday.
More than 1000 additional dwellings and 3200 jobs are expected in Mirrabooka by 2021, while 58,000sq m of retail floor space is predicted in the same time frame.
Stirling economic development and urban regeneration manager Paul White said Mirrabooka’s potential was close to being realised. “Discussions are taking place with health and aged-care providers, and several major retail outlets have expressed some interest in the new development lots in the revitalised town centre,” Mr White said.
Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman said she was told last week the Department of Housing had sold Mirrabooka lot 603 to commercial agents Burgess Rawson, while lots 601 and 602 were currently under offer.
Ms Freeman said she had been told negotiations to build an aged-care facility on Mildale Road were still under way with Health Minister Kim Hames.
“It is my view the Government needs to ensure that development on these pieces of land can deliver employment into the area and I have called on them to tie the sale of the land to industry areas that can provide both skilled and unskilled jobs, such as health providers, on to the land,” she said.
Ms Freeman congratulated the City for its continued focus on Mirrabooka’s redevelopment in light of the deferral of MAX Light Rail to the area.
Mr White said he expected bus services to help alleviate the expected increase in traffic to the area.