Geoff Gallop

Geoff Gallop

Former Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; Water Resources; Federal Affairs

    State Government sets up Rockingham Planning and Development Taskforce

    30/04/2003 12:13 PM

    Premier Geoff Gallop has announced the Government’s plans to set up a taskforce to assist in the planning and development of Rockingham.

    Dr Gallop said Rockingham was on the verge of achieving its full potential as the strategic regional centre for Perth’s rapidly expanding south-west corridor.

    It was also developing its identity as an aquatic playground and popular tourist and day trip destination.

    “There are a number of exciting projects which are planned or on the drawing board for Rockingham,” the Premier said.

    ”The Rockingham Planning and Development Taskforce will assess and streamline these projects to ensure that they are given every chance of coming to fruition.

    “In this way, Rockingham will be well placed to achieve its proper status as a strategic regional centre and popular tourist destination.”

    Dr Gallop said the appointment of the Rockingham Planning and Development Taskforce was timely, as the population growth rate in the south-west corridor was predicted to be the highest in Perth over the next five years.

    The recently released overview of residential development in Perth reveals that of the 60,000 residential lots expected to be created in the metropolitan area over the next five years, 17,000 - or 40 per cent - are expected to be produced in the south-west corridor.

    Dr Gallop said the taskforce, which would work closely with the City of Rockingham, would comprise:
    • Rockingham and Peel MLAs Mark McGowan and Norm Marlborough as joint chairs;
    • The City of Rockingham Mayor;
    • The City of Rockingham chief executive officer; and
    • the executive directors of LandCorp, the Department for Planning and Infrastructure and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
    Resources for an executive officer and project officer to assist the taskforce would be provided by the Department for Planning and Infrastructure and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

    The taskforce is expected to report to Cabinet in October on the scope of Government involvement in supporting projects and the work program required to achieve their implementation.

    “I am confident that the taskforce’s work will make a significant contribution to the investment and growth of the city and the provision of infrastructure and services to meet its existing and future needs,” Dr Gallop said.

    The types of projects the taskforce would work on included:
    • the Waterfront Village Plan;
    • the Lark Hill Regional Sport and Recreation Complex;
    • Mangles Bay Boat Harbour;
    • Port Kennedy;
    • the proposed multi-purpose civic centre;
    • enhancing economic activity in the Rockingham city centre;
    • improved educational facilities; and
    • the transport system linking Rockingham railway station with the city centre.
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