City centre set to rise

The proposed City Gardens apartments in Melville.
The proposed City Gardens apartments in Melville.

The first major development, a multi-storey apartment block known as City Gardens, proposes two parallel towers and would provide residential and commercial opportunities.

The City also has plans for a major redevelopment of Garden City shopping centre and scheduled plans for a new High Street, including entertainment, retail and high density residential apartments.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City had designed the Melville City Centre Structure Plan to inspire a wide range of activities and facilities.

These include office, retail, social, cultural and entertainment spaces, aimed at reinvigorating the area.

�We want our city centre to become the beating heart of the community, where people of all ages and abilities will feel welcome to live, work and play, becoming part of a new kind of neighbourhood,� Mr Aubrey said.

�Throughout the planning process, we worked with the community, the owners of Garden City, key landowners in the area and local residents.

�We are also seeking to ensure the quiet charm of our neighbourhoods surrounding the future city centre will not be lost.�

Mr Aubrey said the City has received the first key development application for redevelopment of Garden City.

�While the development still needs to be fully assessed, the application appears to be broadly consistent with the Structure Plan and vision for the area,� he said.

The final Structure Plan is available at or at the planning counter at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon.