Liveable Cities Funding Grant

Background

The Program seeks to improve the capacity of major regional cities to undertake strategic planning in line with the COAG agreed criteria and will support the development of demonstration projects that facilitate urban renewal and strategic urban development.

The Liveable Cities Program has been established by the Australian Government to address issues of poor urban design and the need for improved quality open space and public places, high levels of car dependency and traffic congestion and rising carbon emissions.

The Australian Government released its National Urban Policy ‘Our Cities, Our Future’, in May 2011. The Policy represents the contribution by the Australian Government to COAG’s cities reform agenda. The Program seeks to improve the capacity of major regional cities to undertake strategic planning in line with the COAG agreed criteria and will support the development of demonstration projects that facilitate urban renewal and strategic urban development.

Details

LandCorp, in conjunction with the Department of Planning and the City of Rockingham sought Federal Government funding for a project to be undertaken on Lot 359 Goddard Street, Rockingham (owned by the Western Australian Planning Commission) and for works to the associated Rockingham City Centre Transit Corridor.

In May 2012, the Federal Government announced that it had approved a $3.75M grant to undertake the project.

The project will include the construction of a 30 unit medium rise mixed-use residential building using 5 star energy principles and sustainable building materials.

Part of the grant will also be used to fund the first stage of a rapid bus transit system in front of the development.