Rail land ear­marked for Su­bi­aco in­fill

POST Newspapers - - Letters To The Post - By LLOYD GORMAN

West Leed­erville’s rail­way re­serve has been iden­ti­fied as an area for ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment in Subi East.

The rail­way land was named along­side Su­bi­aco oval and the Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal sites at a joint event for LandCorp and the Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity last week.

The two state agen­cies, which are to be merged, con­trol the re­de­vel­op­ment of the 36.5ha be­tween and around the for­mer oval and hospi­tal.

Au­thor­i­ties are re­luc­tant to pro­vide any de­tails about what could hap­pen on the rail­way land but well-placed sources con­firmed they wanted to build over the tracks.

That op­tion is be­ing ex­plored. Ear­lier this year, Hous­ing Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley told a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way to look at the fea­si­bil­ity of cov­er­ing the rail­way line ( Pro­posal to cap rail­way at Subi East, POST, June 9).

Mr Tin­ley’s re­marks were the first ac­knowl­edg­ment that the rail­way could be cov­ered as part of the re­de­vel­op­ment.

But the rel­e­vant bod­ies will not be drawn on the idea.

LandCorp chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Dean Mud­ford said the rail­way re­serve was in­cluded in the Subi East project area.

“The area is bor­dered by the rail line, as well as the ad­join­ing cy­cle way and pedes­trian links, mak­ing West Leed­erville sta­tion a key trans­port node/des­ti­na­tion for Subi East res­i­dents, work­ers, stu­dents, and vis­i­tors,” he said.

“There­fore it is in­cor­po­rated as part of the plan­ning process to en­sure the most ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment out­comes are con­sid­ered.

“Vi­sion­ing for the broader precinct is cur­rently un­der way, so it would be pre­ma­ture to com­ment on po­ten­tial cap­ping of the rail­way.”

Pub­lic Trans­port Author­ity spokesman David Hynes said they were work­ing closely with LandCorp and the MRA on plan­ning for the new precinct.

Mr Hynes said an MRA map show­ing the Subi East project area bound­ary go­ing right up to Rail­way Pa­rade in West Leedev­ille was not proof of any­thing.

“The map you re­fer to shows only a des­ig­nated plan­ning area and not any in­ten­tion to cap the rail line at this stage,” Mr Hynes said.

“The PTA will not spec­u­late on what dis­rup­tion could be caused by a the­o­ret­i­cal project that is in the plan­ning stages and un­funded.”

A mas­ter plan and a busi­ness case for Subi East that were ex­pected to be ready be­fore Christ­mas, will now not start un­til the New Year.

In May, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti told Par­lia­ment that a busi­ness case and mas­ter plan for the project should be ready be­fore this year was out.

At that point, she said, $6mil­lion had been set aside for the plan­ning and nec­es­sary for­ward works.

“Hope­fully, by the end of the year we will have the busi­ness case and the mas­ter plan de­vel­oped,” Ms Saf­fi­oti told a Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly es­ti­mates com­mit­tee.

“There are a num­ber of mile­stones, which in­clude the in­ner-city col­lege con­struc­tion; de­mo­li­tion of the grand­stands; a busi­ness case for the en­tire precinct; and the old Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal for Chil­dren site, which we will be look­ing af­ter when the Depart­ment of Health leaves.

“We are pre­par­ing a busi­ness case for the en­tire area.

“There will be costs but also rev­enue through land sales and the value of the land that we will cre­ate around the in­ner-city school and the ex­ist­ing Su­bi­aco oval.”

But the project has al­ready fallen be­hind sched­ule and the bud­get has been af­fected.

There was “re­flow” of $250,000 in the costs for the Su­bi­aco East re­de­vel­op­ment area from 2017-18 to 2018-19, ac­cord­ing to the Trea­sury depart­ment’s 2017-18 an­nual re­port on state fi­nances.

“[Some] $7.7 mil­lion was drawn in 2017-18, [by the MRA] re­flect­ing the trans­fer of re­spon­si­bil­ity and bud­get for the de­vel­op­ment works at the Kitch­ener Park site to the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion ($2.6mil­lion) and de­lays with com­menc­ing the Su­bi­aco East project ($500,000),” the re­port said.

The MRA con­firmed its busi­ness case for Su­bi­aco Oval and its sur­rounds was orig­i­nally fore­cast to be com­pleted in the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year.

“How­ever, t he proj e c t i s now be­ing jointly de­liv­ered by LandCorp and MRA, and the scope has been widened to in­clude the whole project area, rather than just Su­bi­aco Oval and its sur­rounds,” an MRA spokesper­son said..

“This means the busi­ness case will now be de­liv­ered in the 201819 fi­nan­cial year.”

Iva Hay­ward-Jack­son, who lives in pub­lic hous­ing near Su­bi­aco Oval, has been told it was still very early days for the process.

In Septem­ber, Mr Hay­wardJack­son wrote to Mr Tin­ley to high­light res­i­dents’ con­cerns about as­bestos and the de­mo­li­tion of the grand­stands (Oval de­mo­li­tion to be ‘bru­tal’, POST, Septem­ber 29) and be­ing forced from their homes.

In re­sponse Mr Tin­ley last week wrote that the Subi East re­newal project was in its in­fancy and said “no de­ci­sion has been made re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the pub­lic hous­ing prop­er­ties within the re­de­vel­op­ment area”.

“The Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties will con­tact you as early as pos­si­ble to dis­cuss the mat­ter if your ten­ancy will be im­pacted by this de­vel­op­ment,” he wrote.

“In re­gard to the de­mo­li­tion of Su­bi­aco Oval, the MRA ad­vise the works pro­gram­ming, in­clud­ing de­mo­li­tion method­ol­ogy and safety man­age­ment plans, will be de­cided once a con­trac­tor is ap­pointed in early 2019.

“Sur­round­ing res­i­dents will be in­formed about the de­mo­li­tion process and project mile­stones be­fore works com­mence.”

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