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Watch the grass grow at Elizabeth Quay

Rugby ground worth of turf makes a comeback at project that was supposed to replace it.

CHRIS THOMSON

Grass, once stigmatised by property developers as the bogey-plant of the Perth foreshore, is set to make a 9000 square metre comeback at Elizabeth Quay because the Barnett Government’s Esplanade Reserve privatisation plan has not yet materialised.

oneperth.com.au can reveal that 9295sqm of turf is about to be laid at Elizabeth Quay on big blocks of land that have not yet sold to skyscraper developers.

That’s about 1000sqm more grass than the surface of Perth Oval where the Western Force and Perth Glory strut their footballing stuff.

And the grass makes a farce of the Barnett government’s goal to rid the state heritage listed public park once known as The Esplanade Reserve of turf by concreting, excavating, flooding and privatising most of it.

With the 2.7 hectare Elizabeth Quay inlet due for completion by the end of this year, Lots 2, 3, 5 and 6 (pictured) are yet to be sold.

Lots 5 and 6 are under negotiation with Brookfield, and expressions of interest on lots 2 and 3 close on October 22.

The blocks will be returfed progressively from November 14 to mid January next year, to discourage the emergence of dust and tumbleweeds.

The Esplanade Reserve in its 2011 'hay day', a year before the earth movers rolled in.

The Esplanade Reserve in its 2011 ‘hay day’, a year before the earth movers rolled in.

A major rationale for obliterating The Esplanade Reserve was that the $2.6 billion Elizabeth Quay project would ‘activate’ the Perth foreshore in a way that an old-school public park purportedly could not.

But, back in May, oneperth.com.au revealed state officials did not expect Elizabeth Quay to be fully developed until at least 2030, which would have left big chunks of the project to languish for a decade and a half.

Prodded to action by the prompt oneperth.com.au coverage, Perth’s languid band of big media corporations belatedly picked up on the delays.

While acknowledging land sales had slowed in the city, The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority backed down on its projection, and claimed a 10-year development plan was now achievable.

Now, state officials have revised their gloomy forecast in writing, assuring the public that skyscrapers will start rising where the turf is about to be laid by 2019.

The government says the blocks will be temporarily “activated” throughout the year with “events, leisure activities and markets”.

Note: Amendments made to original copy to reflect details of ongoing land sales.

10 Responses to “Watch the grass grow at Elizabeth Quay”

  1. Captain Obvious says:

    Best read of the week for sure, keep it up.

    I can see both sides but would you rather hoarded off sandpits alla Cockburn Central or temporary uses to activate a long term project?

    given the lack of takers for EQ this website may even snag a home base amongst the vacant lots to set up an opinion stand/soap box type caper?

  2. Dexter says:

    quote, “thanks for the click”.

    Well I’ll leave by trying to be graceful. That made me laugh and I will say this – I can testify that the Ed did not edit my comments, that the moderation was done without censoring. Kudos for this.
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    Good on you, Dexter 🙂

    Very gracious indeed.

    Ed

  3. Dexter says:

    Oh the immaturity continues. Do you ever make a reply to someone of a differing opinion that doesn’t seek to label them, be Ad Hominen or angry?

    No, I am not from the Town of Vic Park. I have to assume from here you are simply being adversarial on purpose to increase clicks to the site.

    This is all really quite pointless.
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    Thanks for the click.

    Ed

  4. The West Australian says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for sharing your insightful observations on grass growing. Where exactly is the controversy here? That 10 massive towers didn’t instantaneously appear on the sites as soon as they were subdivided? You might be silly enough to waste years of your life running a news website that has fewer daily visitors than my bus stop, but surely you’re not silly enough to suggest that temporary turfing is in some way unexpected or contradictory? Development is a incremental, multi-year process.

    If you’re looking to publish outrageously stupid takes on issues in the desperate hope of attracting attention, might I suggest writing about something interesting.

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    This one was lobbed in by somebody claiming to be a rather high powered individual from the above-mentioned tabloid.

    It’s unlikely to be legit, but, purported high powered tabloid dude, if you are for real and you’d like to get in touch with your phone number, I’ll verify your identity, and publish your name. If this is a bona fide comment, you know who you are. Let’s do lunch.

    Grassy irony remains, and evidenced by the solid interest and clickage this story’s generated from the city’s ground diggerupperers, I’d say the story was rather interesting.

    Ed

  5. Dexter says:

    You counter a valid argument about research (ie Docklands) with a childish retort about the need for grammatical research that is clearly directed at a more personal level, possibly with the purpose of trying to mock my command of the English language. I apologise if the structure of the previous sentence is not to your standard.

    It’s a red herring retort.

    Gee you’re snide piece of work. Sarcasm abounds. Now grammatical corrections?

    You then justify further labeling by explaining the title of Nostradamus in a way that reeks immaturity.

    Anyway, I’m sure all of about 10 people in Perth’s 2.06 million population will ever read this.
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    You’re not from the Town of Victoria Park, per chance?

    Sorry if I got up your Nos, Tradamus.

    Ed

  6. Dexter says:

    quote, “Quite the [b]“Nostradamus”[/b] aren’t we.

    In this piece we’re not really interested how long the development will take – that, of course, remains to be seen.

    Through our previous story on the big vacant lots at the project, followed up by all and sundry, this small, independent website played a big role in 1. informing the public that much of the site would be empty on opening day; and 2. getting the MRA to recalibrate downward its elephantine gestation period for the project.

    The main point of this follow up news article is to update readers on the rugby pitch-plus size of the turf set to grace the project for an indeterminate period. Makes a mockery of course of the pro-privatisation rationale for the project which was to rid the foreshore of the grass.

    Ed

    So yeah it seems I got a new branding, ie “Nostradamus”. Good job! Actually, I referred to already approved DA’s (ie Development approvals). That’s retrospective knowledge – not prophetic.

    And, the opinionated tones continue from the Ed. “elephantine gestation period for the project.”.

    Please do some research. See how long it took Docklands in Melbourne to come to fruition.
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    Apologies, the subtlety of my argument must have been lost on you.

    The “Nostradamus” was in reference to your “prophecy” that I’d come back at you with an apt label.

    Subtlety Number 2: The editorial comment segment here is for precisely that: editorial comment.

    Subtlety Number 3: “DA’s” does not require an apostrophe. Suggest you conduct some research into basic grammar.

    Thanks for your interest in our wonderful little website.

    Ed

  7. Dexter says:

    I think the issue with this “journalistic piece” is that it is actually an opinion/blog piece. It’s an opinion surrounding the inevitable time it takes to develop a site like this.

    Now, we can debate how long we think it will take to develop every lot. We know already Chevron have bought one and that will be developed in the short term. Also Ritz group already has DA’s in place.

    Your opinion would have some “validity” if no lots were sold and there were no DA’s. That simply is not the case.

    Lastly, obviously this post by myself differs from the Ed. opinion. I await the branding to follow – eg “white elephant”, Developer patsie, “cobber”.
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    Quite the “Nostradamus” aren’t we.

    In this piece we’re not really interested how long the development will take – that, of course, remains to be seen.

    Through our previous story on the big vacant lots at the project, followed up by all and sundry, this small, independent website played a big role in: 1. informing the public that much of the site would be empty on opening day; and 2. getting the MRA to recalibrate downward its elephantine gestation period for the project.

    The main point of this follow up news article is to update readers on the rugby pitch-plus size of the turf set to grace the project for an indeterminate period. This, of course, makes a mockery of the pro-privatisation rationale for the project which was to jettison the grass to the compost bin of history.

    Now, we can debate whether insiders and apologists for the real estate and related industries already knew about the extent of the grass to be relaid. Our objective is to make sure that everybody knows.

    Ed

  8. TJ says:

    It will be nice to be able to have a picnic again down near the river on newly laid grass.

    With the new icecream kiosk and bridge put in place the whole area will be a nice new public parkland for everyone to once again enjoy.

    I hope the grass will be sir walter as that grass is the good stuff. I am all for this new development project, will be good for tourism. However in the mean time it will be good to enjoy the space once again before the area gets built on.

    Also until the development of the blocks start, I reckon the new inlet should be blocked off from boats and turned into a public swimming hole for now. A beach like South Bank in Brisbane would be great. Way better than allowing boats of the rich to park in there.

    Will be good for tourism.
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    In another life, I did some of the consultation work on South Bank. An altogether more wholesome project. That pool is a beauty.

    Aye, Sir Walter be the good grass, mon.

    Ed

  9. Mike says:

    Dear editor you might possibly be worse. Do you drive to work in a car achieving 3 miles per gallon wishing you were in the 50s, Move on mate. developments take time, and the report grass is better than a fenced site. All the community will benefit from this development,not just the elite car driving, grass loving few you represent. I haven’t heard much from the gate keepers lately, might be time to still peddling the muck you serve up and present a positive newsworthy article than this joke of an opinion piece
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    Bah. Why don’t you go eat another pork hock?

    I catch a bus to and from work – most work days for the past two years. How’s your gas guzzler going?

    oneperth.com.au has never been in touch with, nor has it been contacted by, the Gate Keepers – not that there’d be anything wrong with that.

    The reason we’re Perth’s only independent metropolitan news website is because we’re not beholden to lobby groups, the ANZ bank, nor to knobs like you.

    Consequently, we break our own stories which, including most of the ones we break about Elizabeth Quay, perform an important public information role and are frequently imitated by the big corporates.

    The people with most to gain from privatising The Esplanade Reserve are your real estate developer mates, international hotel chain operators, and owners of big-ass yachts.

    If you’d prefer a sycophantic puff piece about those types, I suggest you pick yourself up a copy of WA’s six-day monopoly tabloid, or subscribe to the press release feed that most of that rag’s yarns come from.

    Thanks for the clicks. And enjoy the grass, cobber.

    Ed

  10. Mike says:

    Haters gonna hate. You are the worst journalist ever. It was always going to be grassed until developed.
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    Keep your pants on, Slogan Man.

    It’s a pity you don’t have the smarts to comprehend the irony of a rugby pitch sized expanse of turf returning, given that the turfed reserve down there was one of the main rationales pedalled by pro-developer patsies such as yourself for this white elephant of a public park privatisation project.

    Ed

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