Town centre plan prepares Bayswater for growth and jobs

Bayswater’s new Town Centre will grow the community and provide local jobs with plans for the centre finalised, the McGowan Government has revealed.

The government welcomed endorsement of the new town centre plan, providing for a diverse range of new dwellings while also boosting jobs opportunities within a walkable distance to public transport services.

Developments will provide a mix of retail, residential and commercial uses will be encouraged to create a vibrant and resilient local economy.

The town centre will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists, with a modern train and bus interchange connecting residents and workers with the CBD, airport and three metropolitan rail lines.

It builds on the McGowan Government’s $253 million investment in the new Bayswater Station, which the government said would seek to “leverage the increased number of public transport passengers, tourists and visitors” moving through the area.

Bayswater is part the State Government’s METRONET East Redevelopment project, expected to deliver new transport, housing, leisure and employment opportunities across Perth’s east metropolitan suburbs.

The Structure Plan will be supported by a new planning scheme for the METRONET area, with further public consultation to be undertaken as part of the detailed planning framework.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the plan is investing in Bayswater.

“The McGowan Government’s METRONET investment in Bayswater is creating local jobs during construction and helping to create a sustainable local economy into the future through creation of a vibrant town centre, new public transport facilities and a growing residential population,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Bayswater Town Centre will be a major transport hub through METRONET, providing direct rail connections to Morley and Ellenbrook, Forrestfield and the airport – as well as the existing connections to Midland and Perth CBD.”

She said it would benefit residents as a “transit-oriented community.”

“The Plan provides the basis for Bayswater to capitalise on the increased number of people coming to the area, and the expected increase in interest for convenient and modern housing options that are well located to the CBD and good public transport connections,” Ms Saffioti said.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said the Bayswater Station will see “thousands more” people moving through the area every week.

“We want to make sure that our town centre is vibrant and encourages visitors to stop and stay for a while, or to consider relocating and choosing Bayswater to be their new hometown with all of the modern conveniences right at their doorstep – key to this will be good design principles and making sure Bayswater’s energy and style is reflected,” Ms Baker said.

“Bayswater is a great community and one that is set to thrive in the future under this new Plan. I am pleased with this vision, and am excited to see it come to life after years of community discussion and planning for the future of our town centre.”

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