Beachfront booster in Scarborough

The move comes after the Liberal Government made a $30 million commitment to the redevelopment of Scarborough on January 27 ahead of the State election.

The redevelopment is a joint project between the MRA and the City of Stirling and will aim to activate the foreshore and encourage private sector development of key sites in the area.

MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said regulations would be introduced to State Parliament mid-year to create the new Scarborough Redevelopment Area under the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Act 2011.

The Scarborough Redevelopment Area is the first new project added to the MRA’s portfolio since its inception in 2012, when it was created to combine the East Perth, Subiaco, Midland and Armadale redevelopment authorities, and the Elizabeth Quay project.

Mr Kinsella said that once the changes to the regulations were passed by Parliament, the MRA would first prepare a redevelopment scheme and associated planning framework to enable and facilitate high quality development in the area.

He also said the MRA would ensure that past issues that have strangled the redevelopment efforts of the City of Stirling would be addressed.

‘A Land Redevelopment Committee will also be established with a representative from the City of Stirling as well as members with relevant experience in tourism, planning and urban renewal,’ he said.

‘The committee will have planning powers delegated by the MRA Board and, with a combined understanding of community needs, will provide advice on local matters.

‘We have also commenced work to review the master plan developed by the City of Stirling with a view to addressing the economic and financial constraints that have halted the redevelopment of Scarborough in the past,’ he said.

Major works on the redevelopment will begin in mid-2014, following the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships; however City of Stirling planning and development director Ross Povey said preliminary talks between the MRA and the City had started to identify early initiatives to attract visitors to Scarborough.