AFTER a 15-year stand-off between the Town of Cambridge and State Government, an agreement has been reached to transform an old nursery site in Jolimont into a residential precinct.
Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said the 4ha parcel of land would provide about 200 residential dwellings, ideal for young people moving into the area and residents wanting to downsize.
He said the site was ideal for residential development because of its close location to shops, public transport and public open space.
“The development is in line with the Town’s strategy to implement the State’s Directions 2031 and Beyond policy by increasing residential density in larger development sites so that the Town’s residential heartland is largely unaffected,” Mr Withers said.
Under the development agreement, the Town will receive a $5 million advanced payment and has allocated $300,000 to create new sporting fields in the Wembley Sports Park.
A further $7.5 million from the State Government will be used to redevelop the Matthews Netball Centre.
Mr Withers said about $13 million would be spent on Wembley Sports Park over the next two years.
“This is one of the most significant community sports developments in Perth for many, many years,” he said.
“It is a big win for the Government and the Town, and the community.”
The Town will enter into an agreement with LandCorp to manage the development.
LandCorp general manager Luke Willcock said the development would add vibrancy to the area.
“It will turn something that is currently disused and not very attractive into something that is quite attractive,” Mr Willcock added.
No plans have been prepared and details of planning will include public consultation.