The Murdoch Activity Centre will become the Southern Corridor’s home to health research, medical care, higher education and innovative business development, delivering economic benefits for all Western Australia.
Just 12km south of Perth’s CBD, the Murdoch Activity Centre will offer a new city centre, providing jobs for 35,000 Western Australians, education facilities for 44,000 students and homes for 22,000 residents.
The ambitious project is part of the State Government’s planning strategy to manage population growth in Perth, and meet demand for well-designed, connected centres where people can work close to home.
Fiona Stanley Hospital with 5,000 staff and more than 8,500 inpatients, 26,900 outpatients and 8,600 emergency attendances a month, FSH will be an essential component of the health and education precinct, and is already a leader in research and education just 18-months after opening. The state-of-the art tertiary hospital is home to the most advanced medical equipment in Western Australia and, as new health, medical and wellness providers join the precinct, will continue to grow in importance as focal point for expertise and provision of care.
St John of God Hospital has 1,700 staff and 5,250 inpatients a month in a private hospital with more than 500 beds and a 24-hour emergency department. The health campus already offers a large number of expert medical services, including 250 consulting specialists, and has close affiliations with teaching institutions such as the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Notre Dame.
Murdoch University attracts 22,000 students a year, including 2,000 drawn from 100 countries around the world. It boasts 2,000 staff and is recognised as one of Australia’s research institutions, with a focus on health futures, food security and sustainable development. The South Street campus, one of the largest in Australia, is part of the broader precinct of health and education facilities clustered in the Murdoch Activity Centre. The University’s strategic plan envisages the development of new health and biomedical services, cultural amenity, events and commercial activities as the precinct evolves.
South Metropolitan TAFE’s Murdoch campus is another significant higher education facility within the Murdoch Activity Centre area. Its specialty courses in nursing, laboratory work, occupational health and safety and other fields support the health and medical services that will underpin employment in the region. It is a drawcard for students and ideally placed to share in the benefits that come with being part of a thriving city centre.
The Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct will be a catalyst for delivery of the wider Murdoch Activity Centre, and will eventually be home to 1,200 dwellings for 2,400 residents as well as 45,000sqm of health, retail and commercial space to complement the emerging health and education precinct.
LandCorp’s role is to transform an under-utilised pocket of land into a dynamic community at the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct, developing fresh new urban centre around a one-hectare conservation zone.
The 9.6ha site will be delivered in two stages, with stage one featuring the option of seven lots ranging from 2,324sqm to 5,955sqm suitable for land uses that are health-related, mixed-use or providing for residential apartments.
The Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct is ideally located for community health providers, medical research institutes or similar facilities to capture the benefits of the proximity to both a private hospital and the State’s newest tertiary hospital. There are also advantages for tourism and hospitality operators to capitalise on a relative shortage of short-stay accommodation options in the area.
With superb transport links connecting it to Perth’s CBD and other centres through the Murdoch train and bus interchange, the project is an exciting first step in the development of a world-class health and education precinct.
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