Station to destination: MRA

MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella.
MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella.

MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said the planning authority’s vision for the site remained, despite a Government announcement last week that it would be sold to the private sector. ‘Any development that occurs will be assessed under the MRA’s redevelopment scheme,’he said.

‘The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s vision is to transform the former industrial site into a vibrant riverfront destination that offers commercial, retail, residential and recreational opportunities and engages with the Swan River.

‘Celebrating the history of the power station and retaining and adapting the heritage site for contemporary use are a key consideration of the project.”

Development company Psaros chief executive Danny Psaros said the site would be ‘a nightmare to take on’ because of environmental issues. ‘We are steering clear of it,’ he said.

Mr Kinsella said the power station was one of the few remaining industrial sites on the Swan River and in the former East Perth industrial district.

‘The area and locality of the power station is also of cultural significance to local Aboriginal people and is listed on the Department of Indigenous Affairs Aboriginal Sites Register as a former camp and meeting place,’ he said.

‘The former East Perth Redevelopment Authority became responsible for the 8.5ha site in 2003 and since then the State Government has invested about $25.8 million primarily on remediation works, building stabilisation and planning.’

Opposition leader Mark McGowan said strict conditions for future public use needed to be a focal point of any sale.