The latest Perth Waterfront plan was unveiled last month, with construction work due to start early next year. No really, this is the final plan. Honest.
Apparently construction will commence as soon as the CHOGM crew have headed off, as heaven forbid they should see a construction site! This is the scaled down design which features a small inlet and a small island and a “very significant” Indigenous Cultural Centre (according to Colin Barnett), which hasn’t actually been included in the budgets and will only be completed, it seems, if they have any money left (like oh so many of our public projects do). A new idea is also a cable car from here to Kings Park – not so sure about this one, I think it would look pretty ordinary right in the front of our city.
But to do this project, all the land in this area will need to be rezoned and amalgamated into a Public Purpose Special Use Reserve. The MPS amendment affects approx 19.75 hectares of land, currently comprising 6.147 ha Parks and Recreation reserve, 8.454 ha Waterways reserve, 2.278 Primary Regional Roads reserve and 2.866 ha Other Regional Roads reserve. The Amendment report can be downloaded from here, and there is also an Environmental Assessment Report, both of which are open to public comment until the 27th May 2011.
Finally, does anyone know where all the land that they are ‘removing’ for the inlet, actually goes?