SCARBOROUGH residents will finally see works begin on the $78 million Scarborough Redevelopment project this week, according to Planning Minister Donna Faragher.
The State Government included $18 million in the 2016-17 State Budget for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and City of Stirling Redevelopment, a project that will cost about $100 million overall.
Ms Faragher said the first stage of the project, an inter-generational plaza, would soon be open for public comment and a “community reference group” would be set up.
“It was always expected that the entire build will cost around $100 million, which also incorporates the Scarborough Beach Pool which is obviously an entire spend by the City of Stirling,” she said.
“This community reference group is a great opportunity for the community to have their say and to look at the finer details, which will help inform in MRA as part of their development approval.”
Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey said she had “championed” redevelopment in Scarborough since she was elected in 2008.
“Everyone acknowledges that the sea of car parks has to go and that we needed to fix the rest of Scarborough so this can become WA’s premier beach location,” she said.
Ms Harvey said because she owned property in the area she was unable to be a part of funding allocation discussions for the project.
Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano said construction works were a case of “short term pain for long term gain”.