The State Government's vision for a second city in the metropolitan area took a major step forward today with the launch of Joondalup City North.
Lands Minister George Cash opened an innovative $2 million `demonstration' street to give potential residents a taste of the futuristic lifestyle planned for the inner city development.
The project, which is being co-ordinated by LandCorp, includes 13 architecturally-designed display homes with special features to create a village-style community in the heart of Joondalup's city centre.
"Unlike other cities which close down after dark, LandCorp is developing a vibrant, people-orientated precinct which is open 24 hours a day," Mr Cash said.
"People will be living, working and spending their recreational time within the city itself creating numerous lifestyle and commercial opportunities."
Mr Cash said Plaistow Street had been developed through an important partnership between the State Government and private enterprise and provided an insight into the innovative style and character planned for the new inner-city locality.
"LandCorp, together with some of Perth's leading architects and builders, has developed an exciting alternative to the traditional suburban street which reflects the changing needs of Western Australians," he said.
"Special features include vehicle access from rear laneways to reduce traffic flow on the streets and the use of verandahs to encourage neighbours to interact with each other."
To coincide with the opening of the demonstration street LandCorp has released 74 house and land packages.
The 68-hectare development already accommodates Wanneroo Hospital, the Australian Institute of University studies/Curtin University, seniors housing and a local shopping centre.
"City North is an attractive and affordable investment that will encourage people to live, work and play in the heart of Joondalup which will help create a city with vitality and character," Mr Cash said.
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