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FINALLY IT’S HERE... SCARBOROUGH FORESHORE REDEVELOPMENT OPENS
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.
MRA chief executive Sean Henriques and Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin test out the new playground.
The redeveloped Scarborough foreshore by drone.