Feedback sought on Fremantle park development

A multi-ethnic group of elementary school children are outdoors on a summer day. They are laying in a circle in the park, and smiling up at the camera.
A multi-ethnic group of elementary school children are outdoors on a summer day. They are laying in a circle in the park, and smiling up at the camera.

FREMANTLE residents will get a chance to have their say on the Davis Park Precinct redevelopment.

The precinct is within the Heart of Beaconsfield Master Plan.

It is bounded by South Street (north), Fifth Avenue (east), Lefroy Road (south) and Caesar Street (west).

The Davis Park structure plan proposes a mixed-use precinct along South Street, with retail, commercial and residential properties.

The childcare centre would remain, while a public access way would go through the southern portion of the precinct to provide access between Davis Park, Doig Place and Lefroy Road.

City of Fremantle director of strategic planning Paul Garbett said the State Government was looking to redevelop the area and had submitted a structure plan to guide the process.

“The Davis Park precinct currently contains around 260 dwellings that are fairly old, low-scale residential; these homes are accessed by a number |of cul-de-sac roads, so connectivity with the surrounding neighbourhood is poor,” Mr Garbett said.

“For this reason the Department of Communities is keen to redevelop the Davis Park precinct to create a more diverse mix of housing, with both private and public housing and better connections to surrounding areas.”

A report said the Department of Communities wanted to “decentralise” large pockets of social housing and offer affordable housing options.

Mr Garbett said feedback helped because a structure plan guided later stages of planning, such as subdivision and development applications.