Political Chronicles 343 One project traversing the tiers of local and state government was the landmark Scarborough towers project. On 8 December, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) rejected a $450 million, twin-tower development at the old Contacio Bar site, saying it would create “serious impacts” on traffic and represents a “significant over development” of the site (West Australian, 9 December 2017). The iconic project was to include Perth’s first beachside international convention centre, a 159-room four- star hotel, 345 apartments and a public carpark with 315 bays. It would also have created about 3000 square meters of retail, dining and entertainment. Within a fortnight of the rejection a full-page article was published in the West Australian by MRA Chairman Richard Muirhead, citing evidence that his agency is recognised by the Auditor General as the one of the top twenty “best practice” small agencies in the past two years’. Muirhead left the impression that the rejection would likely be reversed by government at some future date (West Australian, 18 December 2017). Marrying infrastructure ambitions with attempts to limit further government debt was a major challenge for the McGowan government, which awaited the recommendations of former Under Treasurer John Langoulant, commissioned
Australian Journal of Politics and History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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