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Waterfront development opportunity beckons for Geraldton

The State Government is assisting in the redevelopment of the Geraldton foreshore by making available almost a hectare of prime waterfront land near the town’s CBD.

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien said today that the 8,575sqm site overlooked Champion Bay and was in a prime location between the foreshore and the city centre.

“The block was part of a total 1.45ha parcel of railway land which is now surplus to the Public Transport Authority (PTA)’s requirements,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It is bounded by Marine Terrace and Foreshore Drive, and extra public open space has already been allocated at each end - fronting Durlacher Street to the south and Forrest Street to the north.

“The project is the outcome of extensive collaboration between the PTA - which has invested more than $1million in a development process which has run over several years - the City of Geraldton-Greenough and the Mid-West Development Commission.”

Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney said the land’s marina zoning permitted intense development and allowed a mix of commercial, retail and residential.

“We are looking for a high-quality mixed-use development which will play an important role in shaping the future city centre,” Mr Blayney said.

The land is being offered for sale by tender.  Tenders close at 2pm on Wednesday, December 2 at the Perth office of Colliers International.  The successful tenderer will be required to demonstrate its financial capacity and development experience and profile.

“Development of the site must begin within three years or the city will be given the option of buying the land,” Mr Blayney said.

“The city will also have control over the style and quality of the proposed development through the City Centre Design Guidelines and Durlacher Precinct Design Guide.

“The rest of the land - the two ‘bookend’ blocks known as Weibbe Hayes Park (Lot 600, on Durlacher Street) and Edith Cowan Square (Lot 602, Forrest Street) - is being vested in the Crown as public open space and will be developed and managed by the city.

“The PTA facilitated the landscaping design and a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design appraisal.”

Further information about the land and tender arrangements is available from Colliers’ Ian Mickle on 9261 6628  or ian.mickle@colliers.com.

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