The ABC’s Steve Jones reports that the Merakis are working on a $50 million redevelopment of the former Perth city landfill site and it’s likely that it will take years to complete.
“It is expected that the site could be finished by the end of 2021,” a spokesperson for the Department of Regional Development said.
“The State Government is committed to completing the site, which is a key asset for the region and is in the best interests of the state.”
The Department of Environmental Protection says the site will be closed for about five years.
The Department says it is expected to reopen in 2019, when construction is expected on a new $150 million port at the site.
The Government says the project will create 25,000 jobs.
It is also likely to create thousands of new jobs in tourism and hospitality, according to the spokesperson.
“We know there will be demand for more restaurants, more cafes, more accommodation for locals, and more businesses,” the spokesperson said.
It’s a long process, but it’s not just the land that is being redeveloped, the spokesperson added.
“This project will also create a regional rail link and create an investment in the local community.”