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South Beach plan for public comment

THE Fremantle City Council has released the structure plan for the South Beach development for public comment.

Details of the proposed residential development south of South Fremantle will have a profound effect on both Fremantle and Cockburn, although 90 per cent of the development falls within the Town of Cockburn.

The subdivision will create about 205 single residential lots and approximately 15 group housing sites.

Stan Perron, Mike Hulme and Tony Rule own the land and are the three directors of South Beach Pty Ltd.

Mr Hulme said the market would determine the sale price of the lots.

“It’s impossible to comment, however currently south of Douro Road [in South Fremantle], which is closest in terms of market analysis, 450sq m lots are selling for $325,000,” he said.

“It’s very exciting, the area is long overdue for an urban redevelopment.

“It’s a magnificent coastal site and coastal amenity.”

The site includes land bounded by the Fremantle Chalet Village, Rollinson Road, the Indian Ocean, Alice Avenue and Island Street.

Mr Hulme said the site, totalling 21.5 hectares, was rezoned under the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS).

“The re-zoning of the MRS was officially gazetted in December 2001,” he said.

“The process took nearly three years to go through.”

The rezoning allows for a mix of uses on the land, from light industrial and commercial to residential.

The land is comprised of three main sites – the Bradkin site, the Westrail site and the old Wesfarmers site.

“We’ve been through an extensive community consultation process to have the community assist us in the design process and we’ve come up with a structural plan which is out for advertising,” Mr Hulme said.

The period of public comment for the structural plan closes in the City of Cockburn this week, while residents of the City of Fremantle have until July.

“We’re very keen to see it go ahead,” City of Cockburn Mayor Stephen Lee said. “We’re keen to see the asset that is the coast fully realised.

“An area like Fremantle doesn’t often have a new major residential development,” executive director of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce John Longley said.

“South Beach is fantastic these days; it goes back to the days before the war when it was the beach of the metropolitan area.”

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