CLEARING works for a 135ha development in Alkimos, east of Marmion Avenue, started in late September.
The Alkimos Vista development is the latest project by development partners Lendlease and LandCorp, with earthworks starting this month.
“We are currently clearing a 20ha area for the first stage of Alkimos Vista,” Lendlease WA communities general manager Anthony Rowbottam said.
“That will be a sister project to Alkimos Beach and is adjacent to the future Alkimos city centre.”
Mr Rowbottam said the developers worked with all levels of government on its vegetation management strategy that includes “the preservation and rehabilitation of agreed fauna corridors”.
“Clearing work primarily involves removal of native banksias and grass trees while specifically retaining native vegetation in public open space corridors and elsewhere where possible,” he said.
“All clearing is undertaken in accordance with relevant development approvals, including works being carried out in line with management plans approved under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
“Approved clearing is undertaken by a specialised clearing contractor, including a wildlife spotter onsite prior to and during all clearing activities to encourage migration towards suitable habitats to the regional open space adjacent the southern portion of the site.”
The first stages of the 135ha development include 44ha east of Marmion Avenue and developers expect to start selling lots in early 2018.
Ultimately it will have about 1500 lots with about 4650 residents, and some lots will be 800m from the future Alkimos train station.
Future facilities will include a public high school, a primary school and more than 100ha of regional open space.
There will also be about 10,0000sq m of commercial and mixed use space to support local jobs along the future Alkimos Avenue, that will eventually connect to the future Mitchell Freeway extension.
LandCorp chief executive officer Frank Marra said the development had been planned with liveability in mind, including public transport links, roads and bike and pedestrian paths.
“Alkimos Vista has been master planned to ensure future residents will benefit from its proximity to the neighbouring Alkimos city centre that will provide key services for the area offering local employment opportunities,” he said.
“LandCorp is currently working with the Public Transport Authority on a design for Alkimos Metronet station and are expected to commence initial earthworks in 2018.”
The developers joined with traditional owners and elder Theresa Walley, along with Danny Ford, Rosemary Walley and Phil Walley-Stack, for a traditional smoking ceremony on August 3.
Native trees identified by Mrs Walley will be replanted in the parkland area as part of the developers’ commitment to reconciliation and acknowledging the Aboriginal history of Alkimos.
The first stages will include an entry park with playground and a future display village.