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Murdoch Activity Centre Residential Opportunities Study

The City is studying future opportunities for the residential areas around the Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre. 

This study is centred on the Murdoch train station and includes south Bateman, southwest Bull Creek and northwest Leeming.


Planning for the Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre (MSAC) is mostly complete. With its university, two hospitals and many other land uses, MSAC is fast becoming one of Perth’s largest and most unique activity centres, combining specialised employment in the areas of health, education and research with residential and education opportunities, shopping, entertainment and open spaces.

Residential Opportunities Study

Planning for MSAC identifies the residential areas around the rail station and along South Street as having potential to accommodate additional housing. These areas are close to the rapidly growing Murdoch centre and enjoy easy access to the Murdoch train/bus station. 

The City has started preliminary work on a project that further explores the opportunities, constraints and practicalities of accommodating additional residential development within suburbs around the Murdoch centre.  Initial enquiries confirm that this will be a challenging project, requiring careful investigation, and - most importantly - thorough engagement with the community.

Formal Options and Ideas Have Not Yet Been Prepared

A number of ideas regarding future growth around Murdoch are already being discussed in the community.  It is hoped that these and other ideas can be shared with the community once the community engagement phase of the project commences. 

The City confirms that at present no proposals are being formally entertained in relation to the future development potential of residential land in the study area. Formal proposals would be advertised for public feedback prior to consideration by the Council and State Government.

More information

Should you have an queries on this project, please contact the City’s Strategic Urban Planning Team on 1300 635 845.

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