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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1085 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 November 2018 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


1085. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the minister representing the Minister for Planning:

My question is in reference to the recently approved towers at Scarborough Beach.

(1) Which, if any, of the design guidelines were not met in the approved application; and what specific aspects of the application were determined by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to be additional benefits to the community and a catalyst for the future development and investment in the area that convinced the MRA to approve the development?

(2) The MRA website states that on 19 June 2018 the Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee received 20 public deputations opposing and five deputations in favour of the development. It also states that the MRA received a number of petitions that were noted as community and stakeholder feedback. Can the minister please provide a list of the petitions submitted to the MRA and the number of signatures on each petition?

(3) What is the expected total occupancy for both staff and guests for each of the following areas of the development —

(a) the convention centre;

(b) the art gallery;

(c) residential apartments; and

(d) the hotel?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The application included the following variations from the development standards in the Scarborough design guidelines: building height, setbacks, tower separation and street activation. The proposed development incorporates the following community benefits as prescribed within the Scarborough design guidelines: design excellence; a four-star hotel with 119 rooms and convention facilities with a 900-person capacity, with a minimum three-star hotel with 50 rooms required; 100 parking bays available to the public, which is above the development demand, with a minimum of 100 public parking bays required; and a five-star Green Star rating, with a minimum five-star Green Star rating required.

(2) There was a petition from Sunset Not Skyscrapers with 1 400 signatories, and 347 pro forma letters from the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.

(3) The specific occupancy levels of all uses are yet to be determined. The applicant is required to provide detailed management plans of the various uses at working drawing stage that will clarify expected occupancy rates.