Author: Michael

Invitation: Movie at the Park

Enjoy a free movie: The Neverending Story on Sunday night, 18 March. 

Dinner, dessert and soft drinks will be available for purchase from 6pm, bring your cushions and chairs and get ready for the movie launching just after sunset.

  • Kamal’s Quarter Catering will be serving scrumptious paella
  • The Frying Monkey returns with steaming home made donuts
  • Coffee will be provided by The Coffee Gypsy and the South Beach Community Group’s stall has soft drinks available by gold coin donation.

In case you didn’t find a flier in your letterbox, here we go again:

Shoreline Development: A Disaster at our Doorstep?

How much do you know about the Shoreline Development, which has been planned and will commence construction over the next 5 to ten years? In our recent community meeting guest speaker Chris Brady representing Landcorp provided a comprehensive overview of the development. Have a read of the slides of his presentation for further details: Landcorp presentation to South Beach Community GroupHAMCC 20 October 2017

High density developments such as Robb Jetty have a place and, in theory, pursue many sustainability goals. However, we believe there are a number of issues we have identified with the development and without addressing these we can anticipate a range of negative impacts on those moving into Robb Jetty – and us. We’re keen to share our concerns to avoid a potential disaster at our doorstep.

The scope of the development

The Cockburn Coast Redevelopment area in North Coogee accounts for 98 hectare of land between Port Coogee and our South Beach neighbourhood. The Robb Jetty Precinct, just south of Rollinson Road that is currently vacant grass land, accounts for 46 hectares of this area (including Landcorp’s Shoreline development) and is primarily a high-density residential development that will see an incredible population increase in North Coogee between 2017 and 2031.

It is estimated that there will be 5000 dwellings and 10800 residents across the Cockburn Coast redevelopment. Of these 2000 dwellings and 5000 people will reside in the Robb Jetty Precinct.  The Robb Jetty Precinct already has a number of approved developments including a five-story retirement complex and a number of large scale apartment complexes; all single resident lots within the Robb Jetty Precinct have been sold already.

The issue of public open space

In high density developments public open space compensate for lack of gardens and enable residents to play, exercise and enjoy the outdoors. We know from our neighbourhood how well-used and precious parks and open spaces are with plenty of people walking dogs, playing and having space to meet for picnics and community events.

In the Robb Jetty Precinct a total of 6 hectares is allocated to ‘public open space’ within the development. About 2 hectares have already been developed by Landcorp, with half of these functioning also as a drainage line. While these spaces will be greened, they are basically unsuitable for public use.

Stages 3 and 4 of the Shoreline development will include an additional 1.6 hectare of public open space east of Bennett Avenue by 2019. All remaining proposed public open space including the only local sports facility proposed for North Coogee is associated with the development of a local primary school. This, however, is not anticipated until at least 2024 and will only be developed when the Department of Education considers there is sufficient demand.

Public transport – what public transport?

High density developments depend on excellent active transport options for walking, cycling and public transport access. This enables commutes by other means of cars reducing congestion and the need for excessive parking facilities.

The Public transport solutions for the Robb Jetty area, is the rapid bus transfer. This service is currently proposed to be implemented by 2050 by the Public Transport Association. This will be the only public transport option available (when it becomes available) and means residents will rely on their private transport to commute for work, shopping or recreation, unless the Public Transport Authority can be successfully lobbied to schedule any service earlier.

What is the South Beach Community Group proposing?

To combat the current lack of public open space in this area, given the anticipated population and dominance of apartment living, the South Beach Community Group is currently lobbying Cockburn Council on your behalf to see the following facilities developed in North Coogee, in addition to and complementing those outlined in the Robb Jetty Local Structure Plan 2014, in the locations specified:

  1. A neighbourhood sporting reserve to be located on Bennett Avenue opposite Reinforcement Parade on Lot 2108 Bennett Avenue North Coogee. Land to include existing 1.6 hectare of allocated public open space and portions of Lot 2108 proposed for development.
  2. Public open space to be increased through removal of Robb Road from Rollinson Road to the proposed Robb Jetty plaza area; Lot 803 Robb Rd North Coogee. Green open space accessible from Rollinson Road, Robb Jetty plaza and via proposed railway overpass. Traffic to flow instead through the Shoreline development along Anchorage Drive onto Rollinson Road.
  3. Netball courts and a skatepark to be co-located on a piece of contaminated Crown land adjacent to Rollinson Road carpark on the right hand side when facing the beach (Lot 802 Robb Rd). Based on contamination levels it is recommended that this land be sealed with concrete, let’s make it useful to the public!

We are also keen to build a Public Transport Alliance, an interest group comprised of individuals, businesses and other community groups who share the vision for a more coherent and committed planning, development and implementation of public transport facilities and are keen to help lobby State Government.

If these proposals resonate with you and motivate you to become more involved, please drop us an email.

25th annual Power Station Triathlon: this Saturday

A message for the 25th annual Power Station Triathlon:

The 25th annual Power Station Triathlon will be conducted from the old Power Station at CY O’Connor Beach on Saturday November 25, 2017. As with previous years events we wish to inform residents of road closures, traffic movements and also to request your assistance. The event brings some 400 competitors to the event on the morning to compete in a healthy activity. If you have any questions regarding the following information please do not hesitate to contact us. The event is supported by the City of Cockburn and WA Police.

As most residents are new in the area over the past two years there will be some inconvenience with road closures. We invite you to join in by watching if you are close to the course – we thank you for you assistance and cooperation on:

Saturday, November 25, 2017
6.00am to 9.30am

The following roads will be closed to through traffic for the duration: ROBB ROAD, ROLLINSON ROAD and BENNETT ROAD.

Residents will be able to move  into and out of the area if required under the supervision of event staff who will be stationed at  corners.

We do request your assistance in trying not to move vehicles along Rollinson or Bennett Road from 6.00am to 9.30am. We believe we may be able to open roads at 8.45am.

We thank you for your assistance and trust there will be minimal inconvenience.

Stephen Doyle, Event Director

hSports Performance and Mangaement
08 9339 1317, 0411 13 39 54 or

Invitation: Upcoming Community Meeting

Please join us this Sunday for our final community meeting of the year.

  • Learn more about the future development projects around our neighbourhood: We will welcome a Landcorp representative showing us the Shoreline to the south of our neighbourhood.
  • Sustainability at home: The City of Cockburn’s Sustainability Officer will share the new bin system that may affect some homes. Also, local business Pearthworms will be presenting a new worm farm concept.
  • Open Forum: bring your project ideas and suggestions to make our neighbourhood an even better place to live.

As always, volunteers helping with the set-up and pack-up of this meeting are greatly appreciated. Simply arrive 20 minutes before the event and lend a helping hand.

Community Meeting
Sunday 29 October, 3pm
The Meeting Place, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle.

How to donate to the South Beach Community Stall

Not keen to start a sale or stall yourself, but have some old goodies that need to go? We gladly accept donations to our South Beach Community stall and all of the proceeds will go towards running future events and keeping our neighbourhood connected and happy.

How to donate: please bring your items for donation to our stall on Saturday morning. Yes, it’s that easy!

We’d like to say a huge thank you already to everyone who has already donated or let us know they’ll bring donations down. You rock!

How to register your stall as part of the Garage Sale

For those neighbours keen to run their own stall at Barrow Park, please help us keep track of numbers and space by registering your stall online. This is easy and also helps us advertise the size and splendour of our event to those seeking out garage sales.

Do you need a trestle table on the day? Get in touch with us before hand and find out whether we can help you further.

If you’re keen to run a garage sale from, well your own garage, that’s awesome! We highly recommend: register your sale on the above website as a separate sale and take advantage of the advertising of the event.