Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day
Landmark Agreement Will See Entertainment Centre Make Way For Perth City Link
Victor P Taffa
Planning Minister John Day and Seven Group Holdings (Seven) Chief Executive Officer Peter Gammell today announced that Demolition of the Perth Entertainment Centre will begin in early 2011.
Mr. Day said the Entertainment Centre, which has been vacant since 2002, sits on an integral area of land within the Perth City Link Project which would reconnect the City Centre with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years.
“The State Government has reached an agreement with Seven that sets timeframes for the demolition and facilitates the land exchange necessary to deliver the Perth City Link Project.” Mr. Day said.
“The Entertainment Centre will begin to be demolished early next year which will enable the State Government to progress Bus and Rail Infrastructure Works.”
“The removal of this building will also allow Seven to progress their mixed-use development which will be informed by EPRA’s Planning Framework and vision for the Project.”
Mr. Gammell said as part of the Perth City Link Project, the Perth Entertainment Centre Precinct would be redeveloped as a mixed-use development combining high grade offices and residential buildings.
“Seven Group is pleased to be working with the State Government on the revitalisation and redevelopment of the Perth Entertainment Centre Precinct and to create a new landmark precinct for this Great City.” Mr. Gammell said.
“Seven will aim to complete the full demolition by the end of 2011 in advance of the opening of the Perth Arena in 2012.”
The Minister said the Perth City Link would transform the city and deliver significant benefits such as improved access and connectivity, new residential, retail and commercial opportunities, and high quality public spaces for people to enjoy.
“Underpinning the Project is Major Transport Infrastructure works to sink part of the Fremantle Line and underground the Wellington Street Bus Station.” Mr. Day said.
“When complete, Perth City Link is expected to attract more than $3 Billion of Private investment, provide 1,650 new apartments for more than 3,000 new residents and accommodate 13,350 workers in 244,000 square metres of new Commercial and Retail Space.”
“The Perth City Link is one of several landmark projects being progressed by the State Government, which are transforming Perth and providing new opportunities for people to live, work and enjoy recreation in the city centre.” Mr. Day said.
Works to sink the Fremantle Line will commence in mid-2011 and the first subdivision works will start early next year.