Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day
Contemporary 50-year Vision For Canning Bridge Area
Victor P Taffa
A long-term vision for the future development of the Canning Bridge area was released today by Planning Minister John Day.
The Canning Bridge Precinct Vision provides a 50-year planning framework which focuses on land close to the Canning Bridge rail and bus stations and includes the existing commercial centre located west of the river.
“Halfway between Perth and Fremantle and at the junction of the Swan and Canning rivers, Canning Bridge is ideally positioned to develop into an important strategic centre.” Mr. Day said.
“Considerable community consultation has been undertaken to produce a vision that will see the Canning Bridge Precinct evolve into a diverse community hub with a mix of office, retail, residential and recreational uses.”
The Minister said the vision had a strong focus on encouraging development that would provide benefits for the local community, as well as visitors to the area.
“Transit oriented developments like this one are a great way to encourage a more cohesive and connected community.” Mr. Day said.
“Public access in the form of viewing decks, roof-top gardens and restaurants will provide opportunities to take advantage of the spectacular river views, while it’s expected the lower levels of developments will have active street frontages, such as coffee shops or retail boutiques.”
Mr. Day said the consultation period allowed for key issues to be identified and addressed.
“A number of issues have been considered, including traffic concerns; built form; open space; parking; and safety and accessibility to the station.” Mr. Day said.
“Changes which have been made as a result include an alternative site of a proposed new bus station as well as modifications to the freeway interchange and building height restrictions.”
The vision is a collaborative effort between the Western Australian Planning Commission, City of South Perth and the City of Melville.
“It is encouraging to see State and local government working closely to produce such a comprehensive vision for this precinct, and the collaboration will continue with the establishment of a working group to progress the implementation of the vision.” the Minister said.
“This is a long-term project and our intention is that this precinct evolves into a unique, accessible and enjoyable place to live and work.” Mr. Day said.