New METRONET precincts to unlock potential of Perth’s east

24 March 2020

Vibrant community centres in Bayswater and Forrestfield are a step closer with the formal establishment of redevelopment area boundaries, together with Midland, forming the new METRONET East projects.

A METRONET project area will be put in place around Bayswater train station and town centre to maximise development opportunities arising from the station upgrades and help create a well-designed and connected community hub.

The area around the future Forrestfield train station has also been designated a METRONET project area, paving the way for the area to be transformed into an activity centre and employment hub.

DevelopmentWA will progress the METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme to guide future development, in consultation with local government and the community.

The METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme is expected to be in effect by late 2020. Once in place DevelopmentWA will assume planning authority for the project areas from respective local governments and the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:

"METRONET is creating more than just new train stations - it's also creating well-connected, accessible community hubs which will service the needs of locals and visitors.

"We recognise certain station precincts have the potential to become major activity centres - we are putting the necessary planning frameworks in place to unlock that potential and encourage investment in new housing, services and jobs.

"By bringing the Bayswater and Forrestfield station projects under METRONET East, we will attract much needed private investment to help transform these centres into authentic places where people want to live, work and visit.

"The formation of the new METRONET East Bayswater and Forrestfield project areas provides a level of certainty for local residents, businesses and landowners about what they may be able to do on their land in the future.

"The revitalisation of the Bayswater and Forrestfield station precincts will ensure the train station upgrades and future development of the surrounding areas are successfully integrated."

 

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