The State Government has identified a 100ha parcel of Scarborough land for a redevelopment it says will revitalise the beachfront.
Premier Colin Barnett and Planning Minister John Day today revealed the land runs 1.6km along the Scarborough beachfront and east along Scarborough Beach Road for 800m.
Mr Barnett said the Government’s $30 million investment, to be done in partnership with the Stirling City Council, would revitalise one of the State’s most well-known and popular metropolitan beaches.
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority will manage the redevelopment.
“Today signifies the start of the partnership between the State Government and the City of Stirling to make sure Scarborough really is one of Perth’s flagship beaches,” Mr Barnett said.
“Scarborough has always been a popular destination for tourists and beach lovers from all over Perth. It is one of Australia’s iconic beaches, but for many years, and for various reasons, it has become a bit run down.
“This project will deliver a new-look Scarborough Beach precinct that will be even more people friendly, and boost investment in this area.”
Last year, Mr Barnett said Scarborough beach was awful, full of run-down buildings and a prime candidate for a State Government takeover because of lack of local government action.
He raised then the possibility of MRA involvement.
He also previously flagged extending the development beyond the beachfront precinct.
Mr Barnett said the Government’s contribution would act as a catalyst for private investment in the area.
“Our initial investment is expected to attract about $180 million from the private sector and local government. The flow-on effects of this revitalisation will be far reaching and felt by Scarborough residents and visitors.”
Mr Day said a master plan would be developed to detail what amenities and works were needed.
The new MRA office at Scarborough Beach would be open to take public suggestions.
“In the coming months, visitors will notice changes including access to free WiFi, lighting along the beach and in the trees, and public art that celebrates the area’s surf lifesaving history,” he said.Much of this early work will be ready for the more than 80,000 people who are expected to descend on the beach next April for the 2014 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.