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Building on the first 20 weeks

Posted On August 6, 2013

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

  • First stage of Elizabeth Quay project nearing completion
  • Big decisions continue on a range of Government initiatives
  • Short term and long term focus, including hospital building program, local government reform, Perth City Link milestones, water security
  • Premier Colin Barnett has released new images of Elizabeth Quay as contractors prepare to begin work to build the inlet at the centre of the development.

The first stage of the project, which lays the groundwork for the waterfront precinct, is nearing completion as scheduled.

Mr Barnett said the progress of the project was one of many key achievements in the 20 weeks since the Liberal National Government was re-elected.

In those 20 weeks a myriad decisions have been made across all portfolios.

“This includes the biggest hospital building program in WA’s history - beginning with Albany Health Campus which opened in April; announcing local government reform to deliver economies of scale as well as a strategic, co-ordinated approach to planning and taking action to help drought-proof our city with state-of-the-art water recycling,” the Premier said.

“Major projects like Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link, Riverside and the Perth Cultural Centre are creating hundreds of jobs and will attract billions of dollars in private sector investment that will stimulate WA’s economy.

“Elizabeth Quay alone will create 400 construction jobs - and the first stage of the project is nearing completion now.”

Key initiatives include:

  • Introducing a plan to reduce the number of metropolitan councils from 30 to 14 by June 2015
  • Opening the $170million 134-bed Albany Health Campus
  • Investing in groundwater replenishment
  • The completion of the sinking of the Fremantle rail line - on time and on budget - as a major milestone in the Perth City Link project.
  • Trains are now running through the tunnel
  • Rolling out GPS tracking for sex offenders
  • Reforming residential design codes to provide more housing flexibility, including granny flats
  • Turning the sod on the new Perth major stadium to begin site works
  • Extending free off-peak travel on public transport to carers
  • Introducing the Dog Amendment Bill to State Parliament, including mandatory micro-chipping for all dogs, stricter controls on dangerous dogs and stronger provisions to deal with barking dogs
  • Announcing the intention to ban live odds from sporting venues
  • Delivering on a commitment to make it easier for restaurants to serve liquor without a meal
  • Agreeing for Western Australia to join the NDIS, with three launch sites, two run along the lines of ‘My Way’, one based on the Commonwealth model
  • The start of first commercial buildings as part of Perth City Link project, at Kings Square
  • Announcing the location of two secure accommodation facilities to house people with intellectual and cognitive disability as an alternative to holding them in prison
  • A historic South-West native title offer under which funds and crown land would be held in perpetual trust as an investment in the future of the Noongar people and fully resolve all native title claims
  • The launch of the $8.2million Green CAT free bus service between Leederville and Perth City
  • Tender awarded and work about to commence on the State Netball Centre in Wembley
  • Delivering on a commitment to provide $500,000 to redevelop the Northern Redbacks Women’s Soccer Club facilities at Celebration Park in Balga
  • Appointing WA's first Victims of Crime Commissioner, Jennifer Hoffman
  • Opening the new $93million Perth Police Complex in Northbridge
  • A firearms amnesty to surrender unlicensed firearms as an important community safety measure
  • A new $22.4million teacher training program as part of preparations for the move of year 7s to secondary schools in 2015
  • Opening the new $51.4million Butler College
  • Opening of the new 145-bed Joondalup Private Hospital, providing an additional 26 public hospital beds in Perth’s growing northern corridor
  • Opening the new $2.4million bereavement viewing facility at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre
  • Implementing two-monthly billing for water to make it easier for customers to manage payments by spreading annual costs over six bills
  • Introducing laws to extend mandatory sentencing for assaults to youth custodial officers
  • The release of updated Coastal Planning Policy - to guide land use and development along WA’s coastline
  • Launching the State Government Environmental Offsets Register, increasing accountability and transparency for environmental offsets
  • Extending Cost of Living Assistance payments to cover people living in group dwellings who are not directly billed by Synergy or Horizon
  • The acquisition of land at James Price Point to trigger $30million benefits package to traditional owners
  • Restocking the Swan River, Mandurah and waters off the Pilbara and Kimberley with mulloway, prawns and barramundi
  • Artificial reefs deployed offshore at Dunsborough and Bunbury
  • Free driver’s licences for totally or partially impaired veterans
  • New tenancy laws to make it fairer for renters by limiting option fees and the amount of rent paid in advance
  • Appointing the planner and architectural adviser for the new museum project
  • Committing $48million towards an additional 1,000 new affordable rentals through the National Rental Affordability Scheme
  • Beginning works on the Ord expansion in the East Kimberley ($700million) and identifying the key proponent (KAI)
  • Signing a new $41.5million five-year funding agreement with Scitech.

Mr Barnett said the latest Elizabeth Quay design images highlighted the detail that has gone into designing the public areas, which included a children’s playground on a small island, a water feature at Station Park, three retail kiosks and a season mooring for the Duyfken replica.

Elizabeth Quay will provide 25,000 square metres of retail space, as well as more than 200,000sqm square metres of office space, and more than 800 residential apartments.

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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