New future for Canning Bridge precinct

A structure plan for the Canning Bridge precinct has been finalised.
A structure plan for the Canning Bridge precinct has been finalised.

The City of Melville is now assessing the first development application for the area.

Prepared by WA Planning Commission, Department of Planning, cities of Melville and South Perth, Transport Department, Public Transport Authority and Main Roads, the plan has been a joint initiative to progress long-term planning for the Canning Bridge Structure Plan area.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the structure plan would provide a guide for development in the Canning Bridge precinct area, which is recognised as an activity centre under the WA Planning Commission�s State Planning Policy 4.2: Activity Centres for Perth and Peel.

�With the Canning Bridge area comprising land in both the cities of Melville and South Perth and a substantial riverfront area, the structure plan is intended to inspire a range of activities and facilities for a mix of residential, civic, office, retail and entertainment uses, against the backdrop of our beautiful Swan and Canning rivers and the adjacent open spaces we all love,� Mr Aubrey said.

�With the visioning and planning process for Canning Bridge precinct involving extensive community consultation over a number of years, the area is designed to evolve into a unique, vibrant and creative community, centrally located around the rail station.

�The precinct will also offer commercial, retail, residential, recreational and cultural opportunities that are easy to access by public transport, with a network of pedestrian and cycling paths,� he said.

Mr Aubrey said the first development application proposed two parallel 20-storey towers.

If approved, the development would bring an additional blend of residential and commercial buildings to the area with the added benefits of new and modern streetscaping, a pedestrian thoroughfare from Ogilvie Road to Kishorn Road, public benefit spaces and quality building design.

�Developers will be encouraged to provide innovative spaces and places to benefit the whole community, including areas to access views, civic uses, open spaces and recreation and entertainment facilities,� Mr Aubrey said.

Visit au/canningbridge or the Planning Counter at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon.

For all other inquiries, contact senior strategic urban planner Martin Spencer at or call 9364 0221.