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.

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