The long-awaited redevelopment of the Scarborough foreshore moves a step closer today when a memorandum of understanding between the City of Stirling and the State Government's tourism arm is signed.
Under it, Tourism WA will work with the council to create a "high quality beachside precinct".
The agreement is also expected to pave the way for State funding for the foreshore's $60 million revamp.
Stirling mayor David Boothman said both parties recognised Scarborough's potential to be one of WA's best tourism precincts.
"The city is focused on seeing Scarborough projected to the pinnacle of a tourism destination in WA and Tourism WA has identified the redevelopment as one of the top tourism development priorities for the State," he said.
Cr Boothman was "cautiously optimistic" about government funding for the plans, which were adopted in July last year.
They include a water fun park, promenade, playground, sports park and space for bars, restaurants and shops. He hoped to get $30 million in State funding to deliver results a lot quicker.
Premier Colin Barnett, who said in February the area was "awful", pledged support in April but wanted to expand the plan beyond the beachfront.
At the time, he said any State funding would not be listed until next year's Budget.
Tourism WA will provide planning, event and marketing advice under the three-year deal.
Tourism WA chairman Peter Prendiville said the redevelopment was a top tourism priority for WA because Scarborough had the highest concentration of accommodation in the metropolitan area outside central Perth.
"It is also an attractive venue for hosting events such as the Indian Ocean Classic, the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman series and the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, which will be back at Scarborough in 2014," he said.
The first stage of a multimillion- dollar redevelopment of the Rendezvous Hotel will also be unveiled today, including refurbished guest rooms and a new lounge on the 25th floor with panoramic views.
Stage two will include a new lobby, bar and dining facilities.
The council will begin minor works next winter but major developments will not start until after the March 2014 lifesaving titles.
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