Beach­front all go


Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

SCAR­BOR­OUGH’S big­gest trans­for­ma­tion in more than 30 years is com­plete.

The $100 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment opened to the pub­lic on Sun­day, with hun­dreds of peo­ple de­scend­ing on the beach­front precinct.

Vis­i­tors were able to ac­quaint them­selves with the skate park and sports ac­tiv­i­ties at the Snake Pit, re­lax un­der the ar­bours at Scar­bor­ough Square and have a whale of a time at the Lot­tery­west-funded $1.4 mil­lion chil­dren’s play­ground.

Other fea­tures of the Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity pro­ject are Sun­set Hill, which has been at­tract­ing sun­set watch­ers since late 2016, a grassed area with bar­be­cue and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, the cul­tural Tjunta Trail, and new carparks.

Premier Mark McGowan of­fi­cially opened the pro­ject and be­lieved the trans­for­ma­tion ri­valled other Aus­tralian beaches as a top tourism des­ti­na­tion.

“Tourism is an im­por­tant eco­nomic driver for our state and pro­vid­ing qual­ity tourist ex­pe­ri­ences sup­ports us in at­tract­ing world­class events to Perth and fa­cil­i­tates on­go­ing in­vest­ment and devel­op­ment,” he said.

“It’s splen­did to see the newly re­freshed Scar­bor­ough fore­shore, which will help at­tract more res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the area.”

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said changes had cre­ated an at­trac­tive, fam­ily-friendly at­mos­phere.

“The $100m in­vest­ment by the State Gov­ern­ment and City of Stir­ling has tran­si­tioned Scar­bor­ough into a more con­tem­po­rary beach des­ti­na­tion and cre­ated a strong foun­da­tion for fu­ture in­vest­ment and devel­op­ment by the pri­vate sec­tor,” she said.

The im­prove­ments have been a long time com­ing and Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win said the City had been ac­tively work­ing on re­de­vel­op­ing Scar­bor­ough since 2001.

“The re­de­vel­op­ment will en­able the lo­cal com­mu­nity and res­i­dents to en­joy a more so­cial, healthy and ac­tive life­style in a very ac­ces­si­ble and fam­ily-friendly way,” he said.

“It’s great to see the precinct re­stored to re­flect the world-class nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and to present the com­pleted pro­ject to lo­cal res­i­dents who have watched it un­fold is an ex­cit­ing mo­ment.”

Cr Ir­win ac­knowl­edged it had been a dif­fi­cult jour­ney, par­tic­u­larly for beach­front busi­ness own­ers, but be­lieved it was an “in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment” for the large-scale pro­ject to be com­pleted in 18 months within a busy tourist precinct.

He said 300 full-time equiv­a­lent jobs were cre­ated through the pool pro­ject and nearly 8000 for the re­de­vel­op­ment, and re­cent events such as the Sun­set Mar­kets had at­tracted vis­i­tors.

“Dur­ing Fe­bru­ary, peo­ple have been seen lin­ing up and down The Es­planade to get in to many of the af­ter­noon and night venues, so we are re­ally con­fi­dent that with the precinct fully opened, lo­cal res­i­dents and peo­ple from the wider Perth area will come to en­joy the space,” he said.

Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues on the Scar­boro Surf Life Sav­ing Club fa­cil­i­ties, which will be com­pleted later this year.

Scar­bor­ough will host the Aus­tralian Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onships from April 14.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d480742

MRA chief ex­ec­u­tive Sean Hen­riques and Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win test out the new play­ground.

The re­de­vel­oped Scar­bor­ough fore­shore by drone.

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