Lands Minister Graham Kierath today reaffirmed the State Government's commitment to Joondalup City and refuted Opposition claims it had stagnated.
"Joondalup is a growing city in one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, certainly the fastest-growing area in the State," Mr Kierath said. "The recent upsurge in land sales in the CBD reflects growing investor confidence in the city and pre-empts a number of significant developments to occur in the months ahead."
Mr Kierath said access to the northern city centre would be improved by today's announcement by the Premier that a $25 million extension would be made to the Mitchell Freeway.
He said the $50 million expansion of the Joondalup Health Campus was a coup for the region both in terms of employment opportunities as well as the substantial increase in medical services available in the north west corridor.
"Not only is the Health Campus increasing bed numbers from 84 to 335, but it is also expanding the medical services provided and encouraging medical professionals to make a base at Joondalup," Mr Kierath said.
"A number of investors have already identified the growing demand for medical offices in the vicinity of the health campus and purchased land for that purpose.
"Land at City North, 500m from the CBD has sold exceptionally well with only one lot left from the first two land releases.
"The area is now alive with construction and many families have already moved into their new homes."
Mr Kierath said the entertainment precinct was the next part of the city to blossom with a number of restaurants already established, the first tavern due to open in a matter of weeks and a number of other facilities including an English-style tavern and cabaret venue to open next year.
The function facilities in the City of Wanneroo's civic and cultural facilities also added to the entertainment diversity.
Stage one of the City of Wanneroo's $25 million civic and cultural centre which is currently under construction includes the State's largest regional library.
Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City plans to expand from 27,000 to 54,000sq.m by the year 2000.
Negotiations are well advanced with major department store owners including Myer and David Jones, as are negotiations with Target.
Mr Kierath said the 215,000 people currently living in the north-west corridor should call Joondalup `their' city and 4,000 workers and 7,000 students already converged on the city each day.
He said the level of growth experienced by the city was impressive, given the area was bushland only five years ago.
"The State Government remains committed to the development of Joondalup as a satellite city to Perth," he said.
"The Premier reiterated this commitment recently and announced plans to progress the extension of the Mitchell Freeway as far as Joondalup as a priority project.
"The Government is also looking at opportunities to base a greater level of Government employment at Joondalup.
"With plans for the shopping centre to be expanded, the growth of the hospital and three major, growing educational institutions based in the city, current and future investors should take advantage of the business opportunities available in a city that will ultimately service in excess of 500,000 people."
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