Murdoch Activity Centre Residential Opportunities Study

The City has commenced a study to examine future opportunities for the residential areas around the Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre.


Planning is in place to see the Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre grow to become one of Perth largest and most unique activity centres.  Specifically Murdoch is set to become a distinctive mixed use knowledge based centre, combining specialised employment in the areas of health, education and research with residential and education opportunities, shopping, entertainment and open spaces.

Residential Opportunities Study

The existing Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre Structure Plan identifies the residential areas around the rail station and along South Street as having potential to accommodate additional housing in recognition of their proximity to the growing Murdoch centre as well as maximising accessibility to existing and proposed public transport.  The City has now commenced a project to further explore the opportunities, constraints and practicalities of accommodating additional residential development within the existing suburban areas around the Murdoch centre.  Initial investigations confirm that this will be a challenging project requiring careful investigation, and most importantly a thorough engagement with the community.

Formal Options and Ideas Have Not Yet Been Prepared

The City is also aware that a number of ideas to accommodate 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.  Importantly, the City of Melville can confirm that at present no proposals have been prepared in relation to the future development potential of residential land in the vicinity of Murdoch rail station, and along South Street.  The City’s plan is that future development opportunities will be prepared in conjunction with input from the community and that any formal proposals would be advertised for public feedback prior to consideration by the Council and State Government.

Next Steps/More information

The City hopes to kick of the initial community engagement for this project in the first half of 2018.  To keep informed on this project, please contact the City’s Strategic Urban Planning Team on 9364 0666.

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