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South Perth could be a very different place in 2029 with a revitalised river foreshore, a train station and more homes to accommodate about 55,000 residents.
The City of South Perth has an infill housing target of 8300 by 2050 and mayor Sue Doherty is confident this will be achieved.
The additional dwellings are likely to be along activity corridors such as Canning Highway, the Waterford Triangle near Curtin University and on Department of Agriculture land on Kent Street in Kensington.
And it has been estimated that 688 apartments and 190 short-stay apartments will be built in what has become known as the station precinct.
Millers Pool, South PerthPicture: supplied“The city is strongly advocating for a station to be built in South Perth within the next 10 years for the train,” Ms Doherty said. “The South Perth station was first proposed as part of the Perth to Mandurah rail development in 2002.
“At a cost of $3 million, the Kwinana Freeway was realigned to leave provision for the train station platform to be constructed at a future date to accommodate the train.
“The identification of a future station at Richardson Street in South Perth subsequently informed planning for the area as a transit-oriented centre.
“The strength of developer interest and activity in South Perth and specifically within the station precinct has demonstrated a high level of confidence in the market for high-density residential development.”
A conceptual artist’s impression of the station precinct borne out of the City of South Perth’s recent Place + Design study.Picture: City of South PerthMs Doherty said the station precinct plan was designed to encourage patronage of the proposed train station, with office and commercial developments within 800m and improved access to community facilities, heritage and visitor attractions such as Perth Zoo.
“It is predicted that given the developments already under construction in the precinct, the South Perth station could achieve boardings of around 4500 to 5500 train passengers per day by 2026, generating fare revenue of approximately $7.3 million to $9.1 million per annum,” she said.
“These passenger numbers are far in excess of patronage numbers at numerous existing stations on Perth metro rail lines.”
This article first appeared on thewest.com.au
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