Old station to house shops, apartments

An artist's impression of the planned redevelopment.
An artist's impression of the planned redevelopment.

A LandCorp produced master plan released for public comment recently has set out how the area could be transformed over the next two decades into a tourist, community, commercial, retail and entertainment centre.

Under the plan, which will be used as the ticket to change the site from deferred urban to urban, the 10.6-hectare precinct will feature about 840 homes, retail space, restaurants, kiosks, bus rapid transport, piazza event space and multi-storey car parking facilities.

Anchoring the precinct will of course be the power station itself, which will be transformed to accommodate 150 apartments, plus shops, cafes, bars, galleries and small offices.

Developed on behalf of power station owners Synergy, LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said the potential for the site made it a ‘truly inspiring project’.

‘The master plan is the first step in establishing a framework to transform the iconic building and the surrounding underutilised land into a regionally significant coastal node for Perth’s southern suburbs,’ he said.

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk was pleased to see the power station retained but said accessing the area could become an issue because of the limitations of Hampton Road (which turns into Cockburn Road at the North Coogee boundary).

Mr Marra pointed to two secondary access points to the project area, from the existing Robb Road, plus a bus priority route that could be converted to light rail in the future.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett added that the precinct’s emphasis on sustainable transport options meant issues of congestion along the road were more likely associated with broader regional traffic issues, like freight transport utilising this road for connections north and south.

To comment visit cockburn.wa.gov.au/CockburnCoast or the Citys administration building. The consultation period ends September 2.