Plans for Murdoch employment hub

Lodged by LandCorp in October last year, the mixed-use precinct plan provides the blueprint for a Murdoch Activity Centre employing 35,000 people, housing 22,000 residents and with facilities for 44,000 students.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said public comment on the plan had now closed and council expected to make a decision on the development in March or April.

“Developing self-sufficiency and improving the range of employment opportunities in strategic locations is an important objective for the City of Melville and also aligns with State objectives,” he said.

“Murdoch Activity Centre, including the mixed use precinct, has the potential to become the largest area of employment outside of the Perth CBD with up to 35,000 jobs estimated for the area by 2031.

“It provides significant opportunities for jobs in the health, education, service, retail and office sectors in a centre well serviced by public transport.”

The second and final stage of the plan calls for relocation of the Murdoch Station carpark and can not proceed until an alternative solution is agreed to by both the State Government and City of Melville.

Cr Aubrey said planning for the Murdoch Activity Centre had included extensive consideration of traffic impacts and the need for upgrades to the supporting road and public transport network.

“Recent upgrades to the Murdoch Drive/South Street intersection, the widening of Kwinana Freeway and the provision of additional bus priority through the precinct are improvements aimed at supporting the continued and expected growth of the centre,” he said. “The City has also spent many years lobbying State Government’s initiative to extend Roe Highway.”

If approved by council, the first land sites are expected to be released for sale early 2017.