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Old July 16th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #41
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I can't remember if these renders were included previously for the Perry Lakes site, so here they are just in case:

http://internet.landcorp.com.au/port...s/plan/gallery

I was just reading through the submissions that people put in for the development and it well and truly represents NIMBY attitudes in the extreme.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 08:54 AM   #42
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We can hope so at a later date. It is pretty ugly though with the bus and train depots.
Well here you go:

Major development near train station
16/07/2009 4:00:00 AM
A 15 HECTARE area of bush land adjacent to the Mandurah train station has been earmarked to become a major State Government land development.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said LandCorp, in conjunction with the City of Mandurah, was looking to develop apartment- style living next to the major public transport link.

“Our vision is for the development to provide sustainable and affordable living options for Mandurah, not just through different housing types including townhouses and apartments, but also through access to services and facilities,” Mr Grylls said.

“By increasing housing next to the railway station, this will help reduce dependency on motor vehicles, encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

“The development could also include well-designed parks and recreational areas, with the possibility that some commercial or retail business opportunities may also be included, providing future employment potential for those who like the idea of living near their place of work.”

The site has been named Mandurah Junction due to its proximity to the Southern Suburbs Railway and Fremantle Road.

Mr Grylls said that in exploring the potential for the site, LandCorp had discussions with key government agencies, local community groups and residents to determine a future vision to serve the needs of the city.

According to the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Population Projection figures, by 2021 the population of Mandurah is expected to reach 100,000 which is an increase of 35,000 on current figures.

Mr Grylls said the development would seek to provide a benchmark for sustainable housing in Mandurah in terms of design, material selection, water, power and waste management.

“The government is in the early planning phases for this development and, given the importance of this site, we want broad community feedback on these and other issues to help LandCorp create an appropriate vision for the site,” Mr Grylls said.

Anyone who wishes to provide feedback can participate in a survey conducted by LandCorp. The survey, which closes on July 31, 2009, can be completed by visiting http://www.landcorp.com.au/mandurahjunction or by phoning the Mandurah Junction information line on 1300 762 623 to obtain a hard copy version.

It is understood it would be at least three years before any development started on the site.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 10:29 AM   #43
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They are demolishing the Alma Venville Recreation Centre at the beginning of August, but leaving the site empty until early January, when construction of the new centre will begin. The library building will remain intact.
I'm not that unhappy about the Venville Centre going - it should have happened years ago.

Hopefully the library building is used as a performing arts venue again...
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Old July 16th, 2009, 01:47 PM   #44
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Yes, the YMCA had the contract to run it, but they pretty much just ran it down. It was a handy, cheap hall though, that was used for everything from old people's bridge, gay badminton, karate, and lesbian laughing groups. All new recreation centres' fees are nearly as expensive as a Fitness First club.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 02:20 PM   #45
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They are demolishing the Alma Venville Recreation Centre at the beginning of August, but leaving the site empty until early January, when construction of the new centre will begin. The library building will remain intact.

Sadly, the staff at Alma Venville were given only 6 weeks notice, and they will be redundant in a couple of weeks. Even more sadly for the gay community, after three years Gay and Lesbian Badminton no longer has a home, and will probably close after the last Wednesday of July. We couldn't find another centre in Perth to re-base. Koontz.
What will the Badminton club do with their shuttlecocks now?
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Old July 16th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #46
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The straight answer (pun intended) is that we simply can't find a new home, so we will have to fold the group....and take our shuttlecocks and shuttlevaginas with us (We did have lesbians too).
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Yes, you saw through my attempt at humour. But on a serious side - what is the problem in finding a new venue? Cost or do the various venues get a bit worried about the local rednecks complaining about it?
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Old July 17th, 2009, 02:50 AM   #48
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No that's never been an issue (although I tend to leave my ultra-mini cutoff shorts and lycra singlet at home when approaching new venues lol). They're all simply booked out, or not enough courts (we need up to 8 per night).
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Old July 17th, 2009, 06:08 AM   #49
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Major development near train station
16/07/2009 4:00:00 AM
A 15 HECTARE area of bush land adjacent to the Mandurah train station has been earmarked to become a major State Government land development.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said LandCorp, in conjunction with the City of Mandurah, was looking to develop apartment- style living next to the major public transport link.

“Our vision is for the development to provide sustainable and affordable living options for Mandurah, not just through different housing types including townhouses and apartments, but also through access to services and facilities,” Mr Grylls said.

“By increasing housing next to the railway station, this will help reduce dependency on motor vehicles, encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

“The development could also include well-designed parks and recreational areas, with the possibility that some commercial or retail business opportunities may also be included, providing future employment potential for those who like the idea of living near their place of work.”

The site has been named Mandurah Junction due to its proximity to the Southern Suburbs Railway and Fremantle Road.

Mr Grylls said that in exploring the potential for the site, LandCorp had discussions with key government agencies, local community groups and residents to determine a future vision to serve the needs of the city.

According to the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Population Projection figures, by 2021 the population of Mandurah is expected to reach 100,000 which is an increase of 35,000 on current figures.

Mr Grylls said the development would seek to provide a benchmark for sustainable housing in Mandurah in terms of design, material selection, water, power and waste management.

“The government is in the early planning phases for this development and, given the importance of this site, we want broad community feedback on these and other issues to help LandCorp create an appropriate vision for the site,” Mr Grylls said.

Anyone who wishes to provide feedback can participate in a survey conducted by LandCorp. The survey, which closes on July 31, 2009, can be completed by visiting http://www.landcorp.com.au/mandurahjunction or by phoning the Mandurah Junction information line on 1300 762 623 to obtain a hard copy version.

It is understood it would be at least three years before any development started on the site.
Grylls is actually doing something I like for once!! Hope this happens reasonably fast.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 06:31 AM   #50
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The Mandurah TOD has been in planning for several years.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 04:55 AM   #51
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http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/li...b.html?page=-1

Liberals' foundation promise in tatters
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July 20, 2009 - 6:54AM

It was the promise that changed governments. But it is now set to be broken.

The removal of a controversial restriction in the Swan Valley suburb of Ellenbrook is no closer to happening, despite political pressure and expressions of confidence by Government MPs.

Established in 2002, as part of the development of the suburb's main shopping centre, named "The Shops", the restrictive covenant bans about 60 types of retail premises from opening up in Ellenbrook.

It has been enforced by The Shops' owner, the Insurance Commission of Western Australia. While parts of the covenant expire in the next few years, it will remain in some form until 2018.

Owners of commercial properties in Ellenbrook have been fighting to get rid of the covenant for some years, and about a year ago enlisted the help of City of Swan councillor Frank Alban.

Mr Alban won Liberal preselection for the state seat of Swan Hills, and narrowly won the seat in an upset result on the back of a massive swing in Ellenbrook, as residents angry with having to travel to Morley or Midland to buy basic items expressed their annoyance at the ballot box.

While most media attention on the area has focused on the promise by both sides of politics to build a railway line to the suburb, both Mr Alban and Labor acknowledge the victory was because the Liberals promised to overturn the covenant.

Had Labor retained the seat, it would have held power. In desperation, with polling showing it that it was losing its grip on Swan Hills, it asked ICWA if there was any way the covenant could be removed, and was told there was not.

Mr Alban, Mr Barnett and other Liberal figures have tried since the election to find a way to remove the covenant, but their efforts have come to nothing.

Mr Barnett met ICWA managing director Vic Evans last week and asked him to ask the board of the state insurer whether they could find a way to at least bring the expiry date of the covenant forward.

But Mr Evans told WAtoday.com.au that while he would put Mr Barnett's request to the board, it was unlikely to be granted.

"There's grave doubts about whether we could remove it if we wanted to," Mr Evans said.

"If there are some people who object to us doing it (such as existing tenants at The Shops) we couldn't do it. We'd be open to litigation. We're just trying to get on with what we're trying to do. After that if (people are) still disgruntled, I don't know what else we can do."

Mr Barnett had not tried to direct the ICWA board to do anything, Mr Evans said.

That leaves the Government with just one way to remove the covenant, through an Act of Parliament. However, it is unlikely to open itself up to accusations of interfering with the decisions of an independently-appointed board.

"If the Parliament decided to legislate or whatever, I don't know what they can do or even (the City of Swan) can do," Mr Evans said.

He was disappointed in comments from Mr Alban, who told WAtoday.com.au that Mr Evans "had no heart" by refusing to budge.

"I've tried to think of ways to give him a way out of this, but until (the covenant) comes to a conclusion this isn't as easy as he thinks it is."

Mr Evans also hit back at critics of the covenant, saying it was the only way retailing in the suburb would continue to be developed.

Construction of the second stage of The Shops is going out to tender. It was envisaged there would be about 60 specialty shops, while Woolworths-owned Big W and either Coles or IGA would also be included. Woolworths is the major tenant of The Shops at present.

"All the feedback I've been getting is no one else would be building the second stage now. With the number of speciality shops it's also high risk, and the returns are not going to be too crash hot for the next two years or so.

"But we don't have to service debt either."

He was also prepared to meet with anyone with concerns about the covenant, and had toyed with holding some sort of public forums at The Shops.

Several landowners have been angered at receiving letters from ICWA's lawyers advising them the proposed use of their land could breach the covenant, but Mr Evans said ICWA was prepared to negotiate solutions.

Two recent examples were for development on prominent property developer Joe Passione's Main Street project. A Dome coffee shop and toy shop, which both appeared to breach the covenant in their original form, were allowed to proceed once plans were modified.

"Those letters are more an awareness thing. What happens after that is basically up to us, whether we take out an injunction or whatever. But we're not a prosecutor. That's why our preference is to try to work through with these people."
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stupid liberal *****. labor should promise to being ufo's to wa for the next election, and to build an underwater rail to europe. since elections are won on lies may as well!
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Perth Police Complex

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This demolition site is the beginning of works on the $113 million Perth Police Complex in Northbridge.

The 15,600sqm, five-storey building with car park basement will be located on the corner of Roe, Fitzgerald and James streets. When complete, it will accommodate about 500 police officers and staff.

The Project Manager for the Department of Treasury and Finance’s Building Management and Works business, Brian Smyth, said the facility would consist of the Perth Watch House, Magistrate’s Court and Perth Police Centre, which is comprised of the Perth Police Station and Central Metropolitan District Office.

“The new complex will co-locate previously fragmented units into a state of the art building, which also addresses the shortcomings of the existing Perth Watch House,” Brian said.

“It will support frontline best practice policing to meet the current and future needs of the Perth Central Business District and Northbridge community and has been designed to accommodate approximately 500 police officers and police staff.”

Construction of the Perth Police Complex is expected to begin mid 2010, with completion scheduled for mid 2012.
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what happened to the good model for this ... this looks like a concrete 70s jail! ahhh
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Design Concept for Maylands Multipurpose Centre

Sorry for my crappy sub-par scanning skills...
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Is that from the Voice?
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Old July 20th, 2009, 06:25 AM   #59
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Maylands Residents should embrace change!

Why not have both modern and historic together? Or just keep the facades like they do in the city?
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