We asked Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett to dust off the crystal ball and predict how Cockburn will be in 10 years time.
Q How will older suburbs be redeveloped and newer areas be planned for population growth?
A We have developed several revitalisation strategies for our older areas to ensure these suburbs remain desirable places to live. In 10 years, the Phoenix, Hamilton Hill, Coolbellup and The Lakes (North Lake, Bibra Lake, South Lake) strategies should be completed. We will implement the revitalisation of Yangebup and will have moved on to work in Munster. More development will have occurred either side of the freeway and households will change in that there are likely to be more children in the newer suburbs.
Q By 2025, what stage do you believe LandCorp’s Cockburn coast redevelopment will have reached and will it be considered a success?
A This will depend on the economy, but we expect the Cockburn coast, Port Coogee and South Beach Village will have another 10,000 residents. The area is a fantastic use of land with residents able to enjoy the beautiful coastline and amenities on offer such as cafes, bike paths and local parks. It is definitely on the way to being wholly successful. The community will be pleased with the way redevelopment has occurred, especially with the rejuvenation of the old South Fremantle Power Station precinct.
Q Traffic congestion is the number one issue for residents now? Will it still be a concern in a decade?
A The bridge linking North Lake and Armadale roads will have done much to facilitate traffic accessing the freeway and transiting the city. In another 10 years, thousands more trips will be made by bicycle. The increase in population and housing density will also allow for more frequent public transport and hopefully alternatives such as light rail will be on the horizon. The extension of the Thornlie train line to Cockburn Central will also have made it easier for residents to get to the Perth Stadium.