Federal funding bid for Boas Place
MOORE MHR Ian Goodenough is calling for federal funding for the Boas Place development.
In Parliament last week, Mr Goodenough supported the City of Joondalup’s application for funding under the City Deals program to develop the carpark at Boas Avenue and Grand Boulevard.
The commercial office, hospitality and residential precinct proposes to include seven new buildings ranging between five and seven storeys and is expected to create about 1500 new jobs in the city centre.
“These more productive and higher uses will bring more vibrancy to the city centre, creating more local jobs and taking advantage of the public transport, amenities and services already available in our masterplanned city,” he said.
“At a time when business turnover for traders is lower than normal in the current economic cycle, and the city centre is quiet after business hours, there exists a need to give local business a boost.”
He said the City Deals program would allow governments, industries and communities to “develop collective plans for growth and provide a co-ordinated investment plan for our cities”.
At last month’s Joondalup council meeting, Mayor Troy Pickard moved a notice of motion to authorise the chief executive to lodge a City Deals submission to “seek funding for integrated development proposals that align with the Joondalup Activity Centre Plan and projects in the Strategic Community Plan and 20-Year Financial Plan”.
He “assured” councillors this was not just about the Joondalup performing arts centre.
“If the Federal Government, as part of any City Deal, has the Joondalup performing arts centre in it and Boas Place potentially as well, I suspect that would change a large segment of our community’s view about that particular project and potentially the elected members’,” he said.
An artist’s impression of the proposed Boas Place.