Vibrant vision to bring city centre back to life

The City’s vision to create a city centre includes transforming Cecil Avenue into a hub, complete with alfresco dining, shaded footpaths, bicycle lanes and public transport access.

Cannington train station would be rejuvenated in a bid to integrate it with the redevelopment.

Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds said the City was developing design guidelines and precinct plans to realise the vision.

‘Like any large and complex development involving a range of land owners and development companies, the development of the city centre will take time,’ he said.

‘Council, regardless of the distraction caused by amalgamation discussions, will continue to plan for all of the key infrastructure required to support the new developments.

‘The vibrant heart would provide increased opportunities for leisure, housing and economic growth.’

Mr Reynolds said the City had received positive community feedback during a public consultation period late last year.

‘The community are supportive of the vision, and feel the plans will improve the area and add to the community,’ he said.

‘To succeed, the city centre needs to be much more than a big box shopping centre with bulky goods retailing on the highway frontage. It will need to have a very strong residential component.’

Mr Reynolds said improving transport was a key aspect of the planning.

‘Public transport allows the creation of a space that is not focused on cars,’ he said. ‘With a significant increase in residential dwellings in the area, the need for an integrated transport system is important.

‘Our vision is that the Cannington train station is integrated with the development, so it is easy to use the train to get in and out of the area.

‘Naturally, the station would require a significant upgrade to handle the expected increase in rail patronage.’