CCI welcomes partnerships boost for jobs

The State Government has fleshed out some detail of its plan to generate more construction jobs in the creation of 5000 medium-high density housing lots around Bentley, Joondalup, Beaconsfield and Cannington over the next 15 years.

The Government will offer partnership opportunities to the private sector to develop “precinct” neighbourhoods around WA’s proposed trainline extension.

The first two projects, dubbed Connect Joondalup and Bentley 360, are expected to generate around 4670 jobs and inject $2.275 billion into the economy.

The Government is seeking expressions of interest from private developers through a three-stage procurement process to identify a suitable developer or consortium. Expressions of interest close on July 25.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCI) Chief Executive Officer Chris Rodwell welcomed the focus on establishing public-private partnerships.

“CCI’s Pre-Budget Submission urged the State Government to work more closely with the private sector to adopt more innovative approaches to solve critical issues and the Government’s flagship urban infill development is closely in line with that,” Rodwell said.

“In Western Australia, we all have a stake in resolving complex social issues.

“Importantly, these partnerships can help accelerate efforts to restructure the State’s finances and improve impact.”

Meanwhile, the Government says planning for eight separate high-density mixed-tenure sites around Metronet has begun at Bayswater, Redcliffe and Forrestfield stations with Midland and the Perth central business district also earmarked for development.

The Metronet Social and Affordable Housing and Jobs Package has seen $184 million committed next financial year.

“Overall, The Precincts will deliver many thousands of jobs over the life of the projects,” Premier Mark McGowan said on Tuesday.

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