Apr 26, 2012

Gillard Government backs designplan for Cockburn Central

We’re pleased to announce that the burgeoning Fremantle electorate suburb of Cockburn Central will soon be home to an innovative project showcasing the best in urban design, planning and renewal, funded as part of our efforts to make the nation’s major cities more productive, sustainable and liveable.

The Gillard Labor Government will help fund a masterplan for the Cockburn Central West site which will be the basis for a sporting, education and recreational precinct for the region.

It will bring together local partners including the Fremantle Football Club, the University of Notre Dame and community and commercial operators.

The plan is likely to include a gym, elite training indoor/outdoor community sporting hall, AFL ovals, university health science facilities and conference and community spaces.

Bringing the organisations together in such a way will maximise economies of scale and minimise operational costs.

The project will receive $444,400 in Australian Government funding, part of the Council’s longer term plans to improve Cockburn Central by providing better recreational and retail facilities and jobs.

From a national perspective, it’s a great example of the kind of cooperation between governments and the private sector that will be required if we are to overcome big challenges facing our cities such as climate change, a lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion and a growing, ageing population.

Indeed, as one of the most urbanised societies on the planet, Australia’s future economic prosperity and social cohesion will depend largely on how successful we are at making our cities more productive, sustainable and liveable.

That’s why Federal Labor has ended the Commonwealth’s self-imposed, decade long exile from our major cities and is again engaging with the states and territories as well as local councils to bring about a much needed urban renaissance.

The Cockburn Integrated Facility Precinct Structure Plan will be delivered with support from the Australian Government’s $20 million Liveable Cities Program.