Shops deferral delays Stirling City Centre vision

Stirling mayor Mark Irwin pictured opposite Innaloo shopping centre after being re-elected in October. Photo: David Baylis
Stirling mayor Mark Irwin pictured opposite Innaloo shopping centre after being re-elected in October. Photo: David Baylis

THE decision to defer redevelopment of an Innaloo shopping centre will delay the City of Stirling’s long-held vision to transform the surrounding area.

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the City was disappointed after Scentre Group last week announced it would officially put on hold its redevelopment of Westfield Innaloo.

Scentre Group was granted approval for the $830 million Innaloo redevelopment in 2015 and despite delays, as recently as June it said construction was planned for this year.

But it has bought a 50 per cent stake in Booragoon shopping centre and will instead divert funds to overhaul it.

The Innaloo redevelopment formed a major part of the City’s Stirling City Centre project, which aims to transform the area bounded by Karrinyup Road along Cedric Street and Ellen Stirling Boulevard to Scarborough Beach Road into a strategic metropolitan centre.

Artist impression of Westfield Stirling – the redeveloped Innaloo Shopping Centre – submitted during planning approval.

The project will start early next year with construction of the Stephenson Avenue extension.

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Mr Irwin acknowledged the large role the centre redevelopment played but said it was “just one component” of the vision.

“The deferred redevelopment will delay the full delivery of the shopping and dining street along Ellen Stirling Boulevard, which is part of the Stirling City Centre vision to enhance the vibrancy of the area,” he said.

“However there are other landowners that will deliver parts of the vision over time on Sunray Drive and Ellen Stirling Boulevard linking the shopping centre with the train station.”

Artist impression of Westfield Stirling – the redeveloped Innaloo Shopping Centre – submitted during planning approval.

He denied the shopping centre’s involvement was integral to deliver the project and said the City would continue to lobby for government funding for another  cornerstone of the vision – a trackless tram along Scarborough Beach Road.

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“There are other landowners that will contribute to the redevelopment of the area to comply with the City’s local planning scheme to ensure the Stirling City Centre vision is realised,” Mr Irwin said.

The planned Stephenson Avenue extension connecting to the freeway. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A Scentre Group spokeswoman would not be drawn on a revised timeframe for redevelopment and participation in the city centre vision but said the company would continue to work closely with the City and community as owners and operators of the centre.

“We intend to retain our ownership of Westfield Innaloo in order to maximise its performance and preserve the development opportunity in the longer term,” she said.

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