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Beachside vision for industrial site
Beachside vision for industrial site

The first plans to redevelop the Cockburn coast have been unveiled, with the former industrial centre set to become a cosmopolitan beachside community with high-rise apartment buildings, offices and a vibrant retail and cafe strip.

The State Government released plans this week for two precincts - the Robb Jetty activity centre and the Emplacement residential development.

The Cockburn coast covers 330ha of land between South Beach and Port Coogee.

Under the plans, the former abattoir site and surrounding industrial land at Robb Jetty will be turned into a bustling activity hub with high-density residential housing, a business centre, a beachfront urban plaza and new primary school.

The Catherine Point area will become a cafe and recreation precinct and the South Fremantle power station area will be redeveloped for commercial, recreational and tourism use.

The Emplacement will feature mainly five to eight-storey residential developments and pedestrian walkways linking the town with parks and beaches.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the project would improve beach access, provide new areas of public space and highlight key heritage and public art elements to appeal to residents and tourists.

Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett said public feedback on the plans was crucial.

"This plan reflects the ongoing involvement of business owners and landowners to ensure the best outcomes for their businesses and the future community that will be living, working and recreating there," he said.

"Importantly, we need further community input to ensure every possible avenue has been explored to deliver a vibrant and inclusive community and one that delivers for people of all ages and abilities."

Planning Minister John Day said the redevelopment would take 15 to 20 years.