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... to rub shoulders with crème de la crème of Perth's property industry.

Scaffidi plans exclusive Bunker Bay trip


EXCLUSIVE: Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi, under the cloud of a state government probe into her mining and development industry-funded travel, is planning a new trip – this time funded by ratepayers to exclusive Bunker Bay to rub shoulders with the crème de la crème of Perth’s property industry.

The Property Council of Australia has invited Mrs Scaffidi to a ‘Property Council Leaders’ conference at the upscale Pullman Bunker Bay Resort nestled in bushland behind the azure waters of Geographe Bay between Busselton and Dunsborough.

The conference is slated for May 19 and 20, and the office of Perth council CEO Martin Mileham has recommended ratepayers foot the $2100 bill to keep Mrs Scaffidi fed, watered and luxuriously lodged for two nights.

A City of Perth briefing paper explains that the conference is “an exclusive forum (invitation only) that brings together prominent industry leaders of the Western Australian property industry, senior government representatives (key decision makers) and CEOs from the wider business community”.

Contradictorily, the council paper says: “Only property developers, investors, owners and managers are invited to attend”.

Mrs Scaffidi has been invited to speak at a session on May 20 that will explore the property industry’s priorities ahead of next year’s state election.

The council briefing paper says: “The participants in the Leaders Conference are important stakeholders of the City of Perth”.

“The current downturn in the Western Australian economy has resulted in high vacancy rates in the CBD commercial property sector and the property market faces significant challenges in the coming years,” the paper continues.

“The Leaders Conference provides an opportunity to share knowledge and discuss the issues they are facing.

“The attendance of the Lord Mayor will provide an opportunity for participants to understand the City of Perth’s priorities and for the Lord Mayor to hear first-hand the issues facing the industry.”

The invitation to the conference, from Property Council boss Joe Lenzo, stresses that information disclosed during the high-powered get-together may be reported outside by those present, but the source of the disclosed information must not be revealed.

After this reporter in 2009 revealed that BHP Billiton had funded an all-expenses-paid trip to the Beijing Olympics for Mrs Scaffidi and her property developer husband Joe, the Corruption and Crime Commission last year published opinions of serious misconduct about the Perth mayor in relation to her Beijing and other trips.

A Department of Local Government probe into the travel scandal still hangs over Mrs Scaffidi’s head.

The city’s Finance and Administration Committee – comprising Mrs Scaffidi’s closest ally on council Janet Davidson, her arch political nemesis Reece Harley, and lawyer Lily Chen – is on April 19 slated to debate whether Mrs Scaffidi gets to go to Bunker Bay.

Background Bunker Bay photo: ‘Gnangarra’, Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia licence.

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Design committee underwhelmed by half-billion-dollar, 64 and 55-level Northbridge phallic symbols.

‘Meh’gascrapers fail to raise a pulse


New plans to erect massive 64 and 55-level phallic symbols on the former Megamart site in Northbridge have drawn a ‘meh’ from the City of Perth’s Design Advisory Committee.

The committee comprising David Karotkin, Andy Sharp, Warren Kerr, City Architect Craig Smith, and Government Architect Geoff Warn has unanimously recommended the developer of the pictured $488 million project, comprising 64-level and 55-level apartment blocks, and an 11-level hotel not be granted the bonus plot ratio they are after because, among other reasons:

  • megamart plans perth“the overall design of the ground plane seems to misunderstand the character of the surrounding precinct and the established city geometry, with the public plaza appearing more like ‘left over space’ rather than space with a considered public purpose and benefit;
  • the pedestrian desire lines, building footprints and orientation, and the dimensions and amount of public open space need to be reviewed to improve the quality of the public plaza, with a demonstrated understanding of the intended use of the plaza and its place within the hierarchy of public spaces in the locality; and
  • concern about the number of undersized apartments and balconies within a development of this scale and the missed opportunity to provide daylight into the lift lobbies and corridors to improve the internal amenity of these common areas”.

The pictured renders are the latest of several drawn up for the site since oneperth.com.au revealed the first ones in August 2013.

The new 64 and 55-level buildings are the tallest so far planned for the site. The highest of the earlier planned skyscrapers maxed out at 52 levels.

The project has earned the ire of onetime Penthouse pet Bree Maddox over fears the operation of her Court Hotel across the road might be curtailed if new residents start lobbying for noise restrictions on the popular venue.

If the skyscrapers are eventually approved, the 64-floor one will be the tallest apartment block in Western Australia.

Renders from documents submitted to City of Perth by TPG Town Planning

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10-storey luxury car building going nowhere fast.

Knockback for Barbagallo tower of power



A 10-storey building planned by luxury car dealers Vince and Troy Barbagallo to house a new Jaguar and Land Rover show room has been recommended for refusal by the City of Stirling.

The pictured $22 million tower is planned for the north-eastern corner of the intersection of Frobisher Street and Scarborough Beach Road at Osborne Park.

Barbagallo showroom tower Osborne ParkIf it does get approved against the city’s wishes, the Barbagallo tower of power would rise on the site of an existing Barbagallo car yard and showroom that would be demolished to make way for the building.

The big Barbagallo building would have a 1502sqm car sales showroom and 2321sqm workshop, a 190sqm restaurant, and 9896sqm of office space.

But in a bitter irony for the Barbagallo brothers, the city considers that planned vehicle access arrangements to the site are not up to scratch.

A state planning panel is slated to decide the building’s fate on December 21.

Barbagallo building renders: Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland

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Unprecedented building height for leafy southern suburb after first plans slammed by state design panel.

22-floor skyscraper for Mount Pleasant


A 22-level, $91 million skyscraper will become the tallest building in the leafy Swanside suburb of Mount Pleasant if approved by a state planning panel as recommended by the City of Melville, after initial plans were shot down by a state design committee.

At a meeting on November 30 a state planning panel will decide whether the pictured tower is permitted to rise on a triangular block at the corner of Sleat Road and Canning Highway.

22-floor skyscraper for Mount PleasantThe residential tower is Stage 2 of ‘The Precinct’ project, Stage 1 of which is an eight-storey mixed use building recently completed on Ogilvie Road.

The building’s original design was slammed by the Office of Government Architect Design Review Panel at a specially convened meeting in August.

However, the plans were amended and the council now considers the planned building elegant enough to warrant the granting of extra building height.

The city says it did not need to consult the Mount Pleasant community on the skyscraper because the tower complied with the Canning Bridge structure plan. The structure plan was introduced to allow skyscrapers to be built along Canning Highway and was locally controversial when enacted.

If approved on November 30, the tower will have a four-level podium housing commercial tenants. The other 18 floors would contain residential apartments fronting Canning Highway and Sleat Road.

A rooftop deck, and 21st-floor lounge for exclusive use by residents, are also on the cards.

Melville council says the project will “deliver an excellent built form outcome” for the Canning Bridge area.

The city recently approved a planning amendment that will allow real estate developers Norup & Wilson to access the bonus building height provisions despite not having to meet a previous requirement for a six-star energy rating. The building will now aim for a five-star rating instead.

If approved, the apartment block will be Mount Pleasant’s tallest building.

Building elevations: Woods Bagot for Norup & Wilson.

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Shades of former rage as 105 objectors slam plans to add 147 more dwellings.

Port Coogee flareup


Shades of the rage that engulfed Australand’s Port Coogee development a decade ago and saw the mayor that pushed the project hauled before the Corruption and Crime Commission have flared up with 105 people and a 70-signature petition objecting to higher apartment blocks and 147 extra dwellings being built there.

Frasers Property has asked Cockburn council to approve a four-metre increase in building heights, from 13.3-metres to 17.3-metres on the square-shaped ‘The Island’ component of the massive marina project at North Coogee.

Also on ‘The Island’, Frasers wants permission to erect about 160 apartments rather than the approximately 120 units it is currently permitted to.

In another area of land bounded by Medina Parade and Scout Turn, Frasers seeks permission to build about 137 apartments rather than the 58 dwellings it is presently permitted to.

In a third area of Port Coogee, Frasers wants to build about 28 more dwellings than it is currently allowed.

That’s about 147 more dwellings than the current plan for Port Coogee allows, and 105 objectors and 70 petitioners are not happy.

One Port Coogee resident, Chris Piotrowski, says the higher density would “decrease the space for the residents to enjoy the beachside living”.

“We need more parks so the kids can play and develop and be kids, not surrounded by the apartments and cars driving up and down the streets,” writes Mr Piotrowski whose property is high on the hill beside Cockburn Road in an area where views would likely be blocked if buildings were to rise to 17.3 metres.

Another Port Coogee property owner, Chris Harris, tells the council he bought his land with an eye on the original structure plan “under the apprehension that my block will have ocean glimpses”.

“With the new proposed structure plan depleting my chances for obtaining these views, I feel that revision to the structure plan is unjust …,” Mr Harris writes.

Roy and Patricia Flintoff, also of Port Coogee, consider the planned project at The Island would overshadow the children’s beach (pictured), a concern raised by a total of 19 objectors.

In response to the objections, Frasers says parks are being provided in accordance with the original structure plan.

For her part, senior Cockburn council planner Donna DiRenzo has recommended that maximum building heights be upped by 30 centimetres only – to 13.6 metres – on the north and eastern sides of ‘The Island’.

The northern and eastern edges of ‘The Island’ are closest to the children’s beach. Ms DiRenzo reasons that having 17.3-metre buildings along the southern and western edges only will ensure “an appropriate interface” with nearby projects, and  “protect visual amenity of the town beach by minimising building bulk, and overshadowing”.

In the mid-2000s, heated rallies occurred at Coogee Beach and outside the council’s Spearwood HQ to protest Australand’s Port Coogee project. Involvement of disgraced former State Premier Brian Burke in the project’s approval process was the touchstone issue that saw former Cockburn Mayor Stephen Lee ousted from office in 2009.

In 2008, the Corruption and Crime Commission considered Mr Lee had failed to disclose up to $40,000 in election donations from Australand. Mr Lee’s council gave Australand approval to develop Port Coogee after the developer had engaged Mr Burke, an associate of Mr Lee, to advise on financial and political aspects of the mayor’s 2005 re-election campaign.

A subsequent report from then Parliamentary Inspector Malcolm McCusker rejected the CCC’s findings. Mr Lee maintained he had done nothing wrong.

Mr Lee’s immediate successor Logan Howlett, who at the time lobbied hard against Port Coogee’s approval, is now a three-term mayor and the most senior of 10 elected officials set to vote on the latest plans tomorrow (Thursday) night.

Ultimately, Fraser’s wish to amend the Port Coogee structure plan is not up to Mr Howlett’s council. Any recommendation the council makes on Thursday night will be considered by the Western Australian Planning Commission which will make the final decision.

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Southwest town will never be the same, as Rinehart milkery makes its secretive move.

Gina’s dairyland obscured from public view


SEPTEMBER 3 UPDATE: On September 1, a state assessment panel unanimously approved the Bannister Downs expansion plans, after the Shire of Manjimup agreed to withhold information from the public. Manjimup Shire public relations officer Gina Nieuwendyk refused to answer oneperth.com.au questions over precisely what information was withheld, whether any elected officials had a say in the process, whether any of them declared an interest in the project, and whether the shire acknowledged that obscuring the plans from public view was a factor in not one public submission being received on this town-transforming project. Ms Nieuwendyk initially claimed the council was “unable to comment on the basis that this application is part of a statutory process” to be considered by a state planning panel. Soon after the state panel had made its decision, oneperth.com.au relodged its questions with Ms Nieuwendyk. We received nothing from her but stony silence. You can read our unanswered questions here.

EXCLUSIVE: The tiny town of Northcliffe in Southwest WA is in for a big shakeup with a local dairy set to increase its output sixfold, and throw its doors open to busloads of tourists, thanks to a $22 million revamp catalysed by a cashed-up Gina Rinehart and obscured from public view during a recent consultation period.

Mrs Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, bought into Northcliffe’s Bannister Downs dairy in December last year.

Northcliffe, Population 412, sits about 350 kilometres south of Perth, and Bannister Downs is already one of the town’s main employers.

Bannister Downs development plansoneperth.com.au has learned that, if approved by a state assessment panel at a meeting in Manjimup’s shire offices at 2pm on September 1, the $22 million dairy overhaul (pictured) will allow Bannister Downs to operate 24 hours a day.

“We recognise that the new … creamery will have a considerable impact for the town of Northcliffe, bringing in tourists, visitors, workers and new business,” says a Bannister Downs document seen by oneperth.com.au.

“Despite its location, some seven kilometres away from the town centre, the new facility has an important civic role to play in creating a memorable destination for Northcliffe.”

Bannister Downs Northcliffle project plansoneperth.com.au can reveal that the pictured dairy has already received the support of Manjimup shire, after the shire agreed to hide details of the project from public view.

At the request of Bannister Downs, the shire took the unusual step of withholding information on the detailed operation and layout of the planned dairy from the Northcliffe community, in order to maintain the company’s commercial confidentiality.

At the end of a two-week consultation period that was advertised in a regional ‘news’paper, not one objection was lodged on the futuristic concept.

Bannister Downs dairy plans“None of the information that was removed affected the public’s ability to ascertain the type, nature or size of the development proposed,” asserts a shire document seen by oneperth.com.au.

The images, published here for the first time by a news outlet, but drafted for Bannister Downs co-owners Sue and Matt Daubney in May, were marked: “IN CONFIDENCE NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION”.

Bannister Downs was founded by the locally-prominent Daubney family in 1924.

Marketing itself as “global leaders in ethical dairy”, the company specialises in high-end milk products now available throughout metropolitan Perth.

Bannister Downs development plansThe farm has reached its production limit of 5 million litres a year, and Bannister Downs wants to increase that sixfold, to 30 million litres.

A new dairy, milk production plant, 56-seat public café, offices and 59 car bays are on the cards in and around a 5000sqm, two-floor building.

Also planned are an automated milking rotary that’s capable of handling a herd of 500 cows.

Bannister Downs has told the shire it intends to keep focusing on the production of fresh milk and related products, including flavoured milk and cream.

The dairy says that making the plant accessible to the public will promote “the corporate image of Bannister Downs as a sustainable and innovative company”.

Images: Bosske Architecture, Mt Lawley.

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Defunct Kentucky opposite Hyde Park Hotel to become six-floor apartment block.

Another KFC bites the dust


Fresh from reports here that a Puma fuel station is being slated for a defunct KFC near Fremantle, a clucked-out Kentucky opposite the Hyde Park Hotel is set to become a six-floor apartment block.

If eventually approved, by a state assessment panel, the pictured apartment block will rise at the corner of Fitzgerald and Bulwer streets, after the pictured KFC structure has been demolished.

buildingThe 37-apartment project is the brainchild of Burswood-based Builton Projects which specialises in residential and commercial construction.

A couple of tall artworks are planned for the structure.

Builton claims the design of the building itself has been influenced by the art of Oscar-winning Perth illustrator Shaun Tan.



roof gardenIncluded in the plans are a communal roof garden (also pictured) with views of the back of the Perth CBD, and on the building’s ground floor, 88sqm of office space, 121sqm of retail floorspace, and 81sqm for a food and beverage outlet.

You can comment on Builton’s KFC replacement project until August 31.

Images from Builton’s development application, as submitted by Planning Solutions.

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Booragoon set to get a whole lot bigger.

14 and 12 storey flats for Garden City


Two apartment blocks, 14-storeys and 12-storeys high, have been recommended for approval near the Garden City shopping mall at Booragoon.

The City of Melville has given the $51.7 million project its thumb’s up ahead of a final decision by a state assessment panel which is set to meet on August 18.

Planned for Davy Street, in front of Alcoa’s existing offices, the so-called City Gardens project would comprise 122 flats, five office tenancies, dining room and gymnasium, if approved.

City Gardens BooragoonAnd there’d be more to come, with another three big apartment blocks on the drawing to continue around and along Marmion Avenue, as pictured, left.

Melville council did not see fit to consult the public on the proposal, because the buildings were considered to meet provisions of the Melville City Centre Structure Plan.

The other side of Davy Street is lined by single and two-floor detached houses.

The council considers the 14 and 12 storey buildings will add “architectural variety” to Booragoon.

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'Mini Quay' recommended for state endorsement between train station and port.

Fremantle’s answer to Elizabeth Quay


It’s ‘Mini Quay’, Fremantle’s answer to the hulking Elizabeth Quay project further up the Swan, and state planners have recommended it be endorsed by a government committee ahead of a final state approval process down the track.

In 2010, oneperth.com.au revealed that divisive plans by insurance giant ING for a $350 million mixed use project between Fremantle Train Station and the Port of Fremantle had been sunk by the global financial crisis. ING lost at least $17 million on that aborted project.

But now, government planners have recommended that a state committee endorse blueprints for a much larger project than the ING one that had first ruffled the feathers of Fremantle‘s vociferous heritage lobby almost a decade ago.

With a building up to 10 storeys and one up to six storeys planned behind but either side of the train station, the new project dwarfs the six-storey ING one against which the heritage boffins had run a sustained and successful campaign.

The pictured project at Victoria Quay would have up to 30,000sqm of commercial, office and entertainment floorspace.

Despite the mooted 10-storey structure, the Fremantle Port Authority, which has submitted the plans, claims its existing 10-storey tower near the WA Maritime Museum will remain the landmark building at the port.

If approved before the government’s announced sale of the port occurs, the project is likely to elevate the estimated $1.5 billion asking price for the state asset.

The Fremantle Port Authority would like to see the Federation era train station itself extended to accommodate retail, commercial and entertainment uses.

A redesigned and relocated bus interchange is also on the cards for the area around the train station. The bus interchange would be a maximum four storeys high and include parking for commuters, train station staff and anyone else who wanted to leave their car there.

The port authority also envisages the southern part of verdant Pioneer Park, behind Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, will be obliterated and converted into a building the same height as the theatre. This built form on the east side of Phillimore Street would mirror new buildings the authority plans for the west side. However, the Pioneer Park idea is not the port authority’s call – it’s up to Fremantle council.

In a sign that the Fremantle Doctor of change may be in, Mini Quay received not one objection during a recent 21-day consultation.

Nobody supported the project either.

Victoria Quay render: CODA designers

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Plunkett’s mansion kicked to the kerb


Property developer Marcus Plunkett has failed to resurrect plans for a mansion on one of Peppermint Grove’s poshest streets.

Last year, oneperth.com.au revealed that Mr Plunkett – who in 2013 paid about $9 million for a Federation-era bungalow at 58 The Esplanade – was facing stiff opposition from his next-door-neighbour and fellow real estate developer Nigel Satterley in getting the pictured mansion approved.

Peppermint-Grove-houseAt the time, Mr Satterley was planning a mansion expansion of his own.

In March last year Peppermint Grove council refused Mr Plunkett’s mansion, by Giorgi Exclusive Homes, which would have seen the existing bungalow bowled.

After Mr Plunkett appealed that decision in the State Administrative Tribunal, the council refused the mansion again, largely on heritage grounds.

Now, after a second round in the tribunal, Mr Plunkett has been defeated.

In a decision published last week, tribunal member Rebecca Moore noted the existing Federation Queen Anne Bungalow is part of a group of four heritage listed homes

Ms Moore found that Mr Plunkett’s mooted mansion would have an adverse impact on the streetscape of The Esplanade which winds around the banks of Freshwater Bay.

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Percent for Art floated for Perth CBD


EXCLUSIVE: Skyscraper developers in the Perth CBD, Northbridge, East Perth, West Perth and parts of Crawley would have to cough up for public art under an impost proposed by City of Perth arts officials.

A draft public art strategy the officials have taken years to pull together proposes that a Percent for Art Scheme similar to a program run by the neighbouring City of Vincent and another run by the State Government be implemented across the state capital.

The two schemes respectively compel apartment block developers, and the government itself for major public works projects, to kick in one per cent of the project cost to fund new public art projects.

The draft City of Perth strategy says an impost could be levied on both the city’s capital works projects (to be funded by ratepayers) and on private projects (to be funded by property developers).

The oldest piece of public art in the City of Perth is the Alexander Forrest monument (1903) that stands guard over the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace outside Stirling Gardens.

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Perth weakest housing market in the nation


Metropolitan Perth’s real estate market is in the doldrums, performing softest of all Australian capital cities over the first quarter of 2015.

CoreLogic RP Data figures released today showed Perth’s residential dwelling values dropped 2.7 per cent in the fMarch quarter which finished yesterday, to a median value of $513,000.

By comparison, all of Australia’s capital cities combined recorded a three per cent rise in the March quarter, resulting in a median price of $530,000.

Perth property prices 2015In the year to the end of March, Perth ‘s dwelling values dropped 0.1 per cent against a national capital city rise of 7.4 per cent.

CoreLogic RP Data head of research Tim Lawless said most of the national growth was coming out of Sydney.

In good news for tenants, Perth has also recorded the largest capital city drop in rental yields in the past year – with landlords raking in 4.1 per cent less rent than last year.

The Perth housing market peaked in early 2014.

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Supermarket skyscraper for East Perth


Real estate developer Diploma Properties has been selected to erect a snazzy skyscraper, including supermarket, on the site of the defunct Chemistry Centre opposite Queens Gardens at East Perth.

The state government wants the 5335sqm block converted into a mixed-use tower with more than 200 apartments, dining venues and shops.

Supermarket skyscraper Chem Centre East PerthPlanning Minister John Day said Diploma’s project would integrate the heritage-listed Chemistry Centre building.

“This development is expected to create 250 jobs and is an investment of more than $160 million to the State by Diploma,” Mr Day said.

The proposal includes a 16-storey apartment tower and roof-top ‘sky gardens’ with views to neighbouring Queens Gardens.

The Material Sciences red-brick heritage building will be adapted to provide an entry to a street with restaurants and shops.

Riverside - Lot 101 Hay Street (view west)Diploma is dealing with a major supermarket chain to instal them as the main 1500sqm tenancy.

“The government went to the market looking for a supermarket that could service the hundreds of new residents living in East Perth and working in new office developments in the area,” Mr Day said.

Construction is slated to start in 2016.

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‘Enough privatisation’ of Elizabeth Quay


State plans to excise three freehold lots from the public realm of Elizabeth Quay to house three food and drink outlets have been slammed by a senior City of Perth planner.

In a briefing note to his his political masters, City of Perth statutory planning co-ordinator Dewald Gericke says that a 458sqm block at Station Park, 135sqm plot at Northeast Promenade, and 396sqm tract at Eastern Promenade should not be sliced from Elizabeth Quay’s public open space.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority wants to excise then lease the freehold blocks to private food and drink vendors to finance security, landscaping, cleaning, maintenance and repairs at the $2.6 billion Elizabeth Quay project.

But Mr Gericke fears the land may end up in private hands.

“The ad hoc creation of freehold lots to accommodate the food and beverage outlets was not part of the master planning for the project area and is not considered to be in the interests of orderly and proper planning for a number of reasons,” he opines.

“It is considered that the proposed kiosk sites should be retained within the proposed public reserve and leased to businesses.

“This would still enable the responsible authority to monitor the performance of the proposed food and beverage outlets, public open space and adjoining buildings and make adjustments if necessary.

“Any such flexibility will be hindered if the … sites are created in the proposed configuration and more so as freehold lots which can potentially be sold to private interests resulting in loss of substantial control.

“Therefore the permanent privatisation of portions of the public realm is not supported and retention as part of the public open space under fixed term leases is considered to be the most suitable way to enhance future flexibility as described.”

Unlike Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, where Darling Harbour, Southgate and Southbank were respectively developed from clapped-out warehouse or industrial precincts, Elizabeth Quay resulted from digging up a big, green inner city park.

“The city has ceded a significant amount of public open space with the transfer of The Esplanade Reserve for the Elizabeth Quay development,” Mr Gericke continues.

“The retention of public open space is important as the city continues to grow in resident, worker and visitor population.”

Mr Gericke’s advice is due to be debated at a city committee meeting tomorrow night.

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