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South Perth’s foreshore. Image – Canva
  • Sod has turned on a South Perth apartment tower
  • The project is one of 11 that have been streamlined though state government policy
  • The projects are a part of a job creating strategy to sustain the state's economic recovery

Construction has commenced in South Perth on the first of a string of projects that have been approved under the state government’s strategy to fast track project approvals.

11 projects have been approved by the WA government with a view to create jobs and assist in the state’s economic recovery. The projects approved to date have a net worth of more than $350 million.

On Friday, WA’s Planning Minister Rita Saffioti turned the sod on the South Perth site to officially kick-off works on the $40 million 15-storey apartment tower. The project is expected to support 50 local jobs.

The development was designed with input from former site owners. The planning minister referred to the ceremony as a “great milestone” for both residents and the state’s economy as a whole.

The apartment tower will be close to Perth’s foreshore on Parker Street, and will be delivered by the construction company Built.

Last year the Western Australian Planning Commission established the temporary development assessment pathway in the wake of the pandemic. It was a part of various planning reforms made by the state government in a bid to streamline job-creating projects.

“Last year we passed historic planning reforms to slash red tape, create local jobs and help support the Western Australian economy through COVID-19.

 Mark McGowan, WA Premier

“Our alternate development assessment pathway has been a great success with 11 major job-creating proposals now approved,” said Mr McGowan.

“This is an investment of more than $350 million which will create more than 2,300 local jobs while also delivering long term supply opportunities that will benefit our economy and community for years to come.”

Two other significant projects are awaiting commencement soon. An LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) plan in Mt Magnet align with a State Football Centre in Queens Park.

Following these projects will be a student accommodation facility, two residential aged care facilities, a shopping centre and a hotel. A further 10 applications are currently under assessment.

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