Fremantle: infill looming as huge election issue


All new development in Fremantle since 2010, such as WGV in White Gum Valley, has been classed as infill. Picture: Marie Nirme                                                    www.communitypix.com.au   d448591
All new development in Fremantle since 2010, such as WGV in White Gum Valley, has been classed as infill. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d448591

SINCE 2010, all new housing in Fremantle has been classed as infill.

Already considered a fully developed urban area with no land that has not already been developed for some purpose, infill is an important issue facing the local community as the City of Fremantle pushes to get more people living in the area, especially the CBD.

City strategic planning manager Paul Garbett said they supported the use of targets, such as the Directions 2031 and Perth and Peel @3.5m, to try to increase the proportion of new housing within existing metropolitan areas rather than on undeveloped sites on the fringes.

“The State Government has set local governments a target through documents linked to Directions 2031 and Perth and Peel @3.5m. Fremantle’s target is 4120 new dwellings as per Directions 2031 and 7100 dwellings by the time the population of the metro area reaches 3.5 million,” he said.

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“The latest 2014 report card published by the WA Planning Commission, reporting on 2011 and 2012 housing figures, shows that Fremantle is tracking towards its 2011-15 infill target of 1270.

“It noted that in 2011 and 2012 combined, Fremantle delivered 460 infill dwellings, which represents 36 per cent of the total infill dwelling target for the first target period and this was the second highest percentage achieved out of the 19 local governments in the central sub-region.”

He said the City’s recent focus had been on the CBD and Queen Victoria Street, as well as the South Street transit corridor and development areas including Leighton, White Gum Valley, Knutsford Street and McCabe Street.

“As the city centre and Queen Victoria gateway evolve to accommodate a great resident population and additional commercial areas, there is increased vibrancy in the City’s urban streets and rejuvenation of previously inactive areas,” he said.

Mr Garbett said the City would start drafting a scheme amendment later this year that would propose new planning rules to support smaller household sizes in the area.