AN URBAN renewal project that aims to change the way West Australians live and work by the coast has moved one step closer with the approval of the South Fremantle Power Station master plan, Lands Minister Terry Redman announced last week.
Mr Redman said the master plan represented one of Perth's biggest urban renewal projects and would lead the way for a new coastal city to be established four kilometres south of Fremantle.
Stretching from South Beach to Port Coogee, the area could ultimately become home to up to 12,000 people in 6,000 homes over the next 15 to 20 years, according to the government.
The redevelopment will rejuvenate 98 hectares of land and will be split in to three precincts, Robb Jetty, Hilltop/Emplacement and the Power Station, each with its own unique design and offering.
"The City of Cockburn's approval of the master plan is an important step for the coastal redevelopment with the first developer lots in the Robb Jetty precinct to be offered for sale during early 2015," the Minister said.
"This visionary project will fill a gap in the market. It will provide a range of housing options to create a unique new way of urban living on the coast south of Perth, while being sympathetic to the area's industrial past.
"In years to come, the former power station structure will be used for retail, commercial and residential space, returning the iconic structure to a hub of activity."
LandCorp has worked with the City of Cockburn, City of Fremantle, Heritage Council, Department of Transport, Synergy and Western Power to develop the master plan for the South Fremantle Power Station and surrounding former industrial land precincts that make up the Cockburn Coast project.
The power station building has been on the State Heritage Register since 1997 and is considered an icon building for WA.
More information is available from the LandCorp website at <http://www.landcorp.com.au/Residential/Cockburn-Coast/>.
Image: Artist's impression of the refurbished South Fremantle power station / WA Government.