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eSports stadium and space robots: What the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal will mean for our city

Below are the key projects that will be undertaken as part of the deal:

  • $695 million to bring Edith Cowan to the University with a new vertical university next to Yagan Square. When it’s completed in 2025 it will mean more than 9200 students and teachers in the city from day one
  • $360 million from the state to help Murdoch and Curtin universities expand and establish new presences in the CBD. Murdoch will create a vertical campus and eSports (gaming) Stadium linked with Singapore and East Asia. Curtin University, which is already scattered throughout the CBD, will build a “knowledge and innovation precinct” with the addition of a ‘historical heart’ heart development in the city’s east end
  • $105 million for a greater CBD transport plan including cycling and walking infrastrcuture upgrades. The pillar of this is the already-announced Swan River Causeway Bridge
  • $42 million for upgrades to the Perth Concert Hall
  • $36 million for better facilities for homeless people
  • $20 million for the East Perth Power Station upgrade
  • $100 million to redevelop the WACA and transform it into a state of the art sporting facility
    including an inner city swimming pool
  • $20 million to spruce up the ageing Perth Cultural Centre
  • $18 million for a Australian Space Robotics, Automation, and AI Command Control Complex for startups and other businesses to develop robots for use in space and operation of robotic and remote asset management activities in space
  • $10 million for an Indigenous business and employment hub
  • $4 million for a pre-feasibility study for an Aboriginal Cultural Centre

The plan was expected to inject more than 25,000 students and staff into the city as well as 4100 construction jobs and 1000 ongoing jobs.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the deal would have flow-on effects for small businesses including retail, restaurants and bars and return vibrancy to the city.

Federal Finance Minister and Senator Mathias Cormann said the city deal had been worked on for some time and was ambitious.

“We have negotiated an ambitious City Deal that unlocks Perth’s incredible future potential while
continuing to develop it into a vibrant, exciting and liveable capital city,” he said.

The deal was welcomed by WA Property Council exectutive director Sandra Brewer who said it would give Perth a competitive edge in attracting new investment to the city post-COVID.

The new causeway bridge will form part of the Perth City Deal.

The new causeway bridge will form part of the Perth City Deal.

“While we have called for a more ambitious City Deal that covered more of metropolitan Perth, today’s announcement unlocks a range of opportunities for new housing, office and entertainment developments that will reignite our CBD and drive growth,” she said.

“We’re pleased that a significant proportion of City Deal funding will go to fixing some of the challenges with CBD transport, such as poor pedestrian access, incomplete bike paths and wayfinding – all helping to create a more people-friendly city.”

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