WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week announced the transformation of Cockburn Coast had taken a step forward with the approval of the project's master plan by the City of Cockburn.
Mr Day said the decision paved the way for plans to transform the former industrial-zoned land around the Robb Jetty area into a thriving residential community and commercial hub.
Managed by LandCorp with stakeholders including the City of Cockburn, the master plan envisions a new community of up to 10,000 people with a mix of commercial, residential and recreational activities.
According to the Minister, the 140 hectare project area, located five kilometres south of Fremantle, will link South Beach to the Port Coogee estate.
Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said LandCorp's plans for the area focus on respecting and safe-guarding culturally significant areas while energising urban places to deliver lifestyle, work and leisure choices.
"The Cockburn Coast project is a great opportunity to turn an under-utilised and relatively unattractive area into a showpiece for land use revitalisation and renewal, for residential and commercial use," Mr Grylls said.
The approval of the Cockburn Coast Master Plan followed a period of landowner and stakeholder consultation in 2010 and broader community consultation in mid-to-late 2011.
The project will now progress towards detailed planning that will include the preparation of local structure plans and subdivision planning.
Planning for the former South Fremantle Power Station is also underway. A master plan to outline the vision for the rejuvenation of the power station and its immediate surroundings is being prepared, and a draft is expected in the coming months.