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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 575 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 August 2021 by Hon Neil Thomson

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


575. Hon NEIL THOMSON to the minister representing the Minister for Lands:

I refer to the recent failure of Market Hall at Yagan Square.

(1) When did DevelopmentWA first became aware that tenants at Market Hall were at risk?

(2) Was any commercial support given to tenants to ensure that Market Hall continued operation?

(3) How much of the 2017–18 activation budget under the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority was earmarked for Yagan Square and adjoining MRA Northbridge developments?

(4) How much of the 2020–21 activation budget under DevelopmentWA was earmarked for Yagan Square and adjoining developments?

(5) When will the commercial spaces at Yagan Square be fully tenanted?


I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Lands.

(1) DevelopmentWA has worked with operators since the outset of the project to mitigate risks to tenancies. Performance of Market Hall has been challenged by a lack of through traffic and surrounding development.

(2) Commercial support has been provided through waiving of rents and rental arrears in appropriate circumstances, including due to the impacts of COVID-19, as well as promotional support to businesses through the onsite digital tower.

(3)–(4) Additional time is required to confirm the amount spent on activation from the project budget. The answer to this question will be provided as soon as possible.

(5) DevelopmentWA is in the process of reconfiguring Market Hall and will be seeking proposals for the internal space through an expression of interest that will commence shortly.