We asked Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett to dust off the crys­tal ball and pre­dict how Cock­burn will be in 10 years time.

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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.

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